Retinal Diseases

Retinal Diseases

Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration, sometimes referred to as AMD (age-related macular degeneration), is the leading cause of blindness in individuals over the age of 65. Unfortunately, many patients are not diagnosed with macular degeneration until the advanced stages of the disease, when treatment is less effective than earlier in the course of this progressive disease.

Macular Holes

A macular hole is a small break in the macula, the central portion of the retina that is responsible for central vision we use to drive and for seeing small details. A macular hole can cause blurred and distorted central vision.

Macular Pucker

Macular Pucker is a condition resulting from abnormal aging of the vitreous body called anomalous posterior vitreous detachment that leaves a layer of vitreous attached to the macula.

Retinal Vein Occlusions

When there is damage to the blood vessels of the retina (the lining of the inside of the back of the eye that functions like a film in a camera), there can be poor circulation to the retina. High blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol, and diabetes are common causes. Vision can range from blurring to blindness. Fortunately, this can be treated with laser surgery and/or drug injections.

Retinal Detachment

The retina lines the inside of the back of the eye and acts like a film in camera. A break in the retina, often associated with floaters and flashing lights, allows fluid to accumulate behind the retina and detach the retina away from its main source of nutrition and oxygen. At the VMR Institute, we commonly diagnose and treat patients with retinal detachment.

Diabetic Retinopathy

A complication of diabetes, diabetic retinopathy is one of the leading causes of blindness in this country. At the VMR Institute, we treat countless numbers of people suffering from diabetic retinopathy in the Los Angeles and Orange County area. Diabetes damages the tiny blood vessels inside the retina. These fragile vessels can begin to leak blood into the center of the eye and blur vision.

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