The retina is a layer of light-sensitive tissue at the back of your eye that captures visual information, like film in a camera, and sends it to your brain. The vitreous is a clear, gel-like substance that fills the back portion of your eye. Normally, light passes through the vitreous and reaches your retina. However, when blood and debris occur in your vitreous, the light is blocked. In addition, your retina can suffer from a variety of harmful conditions that threaten your vision, including:
- Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a degeneration of the macula, the portion of your retina that controls your central vision.
- Diabetic eye disease, caused by long-term diabetes.
- Retinal detachment, which can occur without an underlying cause, or by trauma, diabetes, an inflammatory disorder, or a posterior vitreous detachment (PVD).
- Flashes and floaters, small shapes appearing to move in your vision.
- Eye cancer.
- Vitreous hemorrhage.
- Pediatric retina problems.
- Infection inside your eye.
- Severe eye injury.
- Certain problems after cataract surgery.
Look for these common symptoms of a retinal issue:
- Bright flashes of light, especially in the peripheral vision.
- Shadow or blindness in your peripheral vision.
- Blurred vision.
Retinal conditions are very serious. Make an appointment today if you have these symptoms or have a referral for any retinal condition. We are experts in all retinal services and administering medicine to eyes, even handling cases that other ophthalmologists won’t take.