Eye Doctor examining a patient's RetinaThe retina is an extremely important part of the eye. A healthy retina is essential for clear vision. Unfortunately, the retina is prone to many different conditions, some common and some not so common. No matter the condition, rest assured that you are in good hands at Eye Care Specialists.



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What is the Retina?

The retina is the light-sensitive patch of tissue at the very back of the eye. The retina is photosensitive – it takes the light that comes into your eye through your pupil and turns it into signals for the brain. These signals travel through the optic nerve up to the brain and turn into the images you see!

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Retinal Disorders

At Eye Care Specialists, we have trained optometrists and ophthalmologists who are able to diagnose and treat a wide range of retinal disorders. Some common retinal disorders include:

  • Retinal Tears/Detachment. Retinal tears can happen with age or trauma. Either way, it is important to get retinal tears fixed as soon as possible so they don’t lead to retinal detachment. A retinal detachment is considered a medical emergency and should be treated immediately to save vision.
  • Diabetic Retinopathy. One of the leading causes of blindness in the United States, diabetic retinopathy occurs in diabetics who don’t maintain healthy blood sugar levels. High blood sugar levels cause blood vessels on the retina to leak, blocking vision.
  • Macular Degeneration. Vision loss is common in those who suffer from macular degeneration. It can cause distorted, patchy and blurry vision that can make driving and reading difficult.

Macular Degeneration Chart

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Retinal Treatments

At Eye Care Specialists, we have highly skilled retinal surgeons ready to do what they can to save your vision. The retina is a sensitive tissue, so it is important to go to a surgeon that you trust.

Common retinal treatments include vitrectomy, laser surgery, cryopexy and scleral buckle. Your Eye Care Specialists surgeon will be able to determine which treatment is best for your condition.
If you suspect you may have a retinal condition, or if you have been diagnosed and are searching for treatment, call us as soon as possible!

The Amsler Grid

The Amsler GridThe Amsler grid is a tool that our eye doctors use to detect vision problems. It is helpful in detecting problems with the macula (the central part of the retina) or the optic nerve. An early diagnosis often means early treatment.

How To Use The Amsler Grid Test

Testing your eyes with an Amsler grid is easy and takes only a few minutes. Here are the basic steps:

  1. Test your eyes under normal room lighting used for reading.
  2. Wear eyeglasses you normally wear for reading.
  3. Hold the Amsler grid approximately 14 to 16 inches from your eyes.
  4. Test each eye separately: Cover one eye with your hand while testing the other eye.
  5. Keep your eye focused on the dot in the center of the grid and answer these questions:
    • Do any of the lines in the grid appear wavy, blurred or distorted?
    • Do all the boxes in the grid look square and the same size?
    • Are there any “holes” (missing areas) or dark areas in the grid?
    • Can you see all corners and sides of the grid (while keeping your eye on the central dot)?
  6. Switch to the other eye and repeat.

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IMPORTANT — Report any irregularities to your eye doctor immediately. You can even mark areas of the Amsler grid that you’re not seeing properly (print two grids if you notice problems in each eye), and bring the grid(s) with you when you visit your eye doctor at Eye Care Specialists.

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