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Retinal Disease & Surgery

What is the Retina?

The retina is a thin yet extraordinarily complex layer of tissue lining the back portion of the eye. The retina contains photoreceptor cells and other specialized nerve cells that convert the image that you see into a signal that is recognized by the brain. Retinal injury or disease directly affects the quality of vision and can occur by due to retinal detachment, aging, infection, cancer, diabetes, macular degeneration and cardiovascular disease and elevated pressure within the eye.

The Retina Anaheim

Our Anaheim Eye Institute Retina specialists focus on delivering the best treatment for issues that arise from disease, accidents and age-related conditions. Lasers are frequently used to treat retinal tears and to reduce leakage from retinal blood vessels. We also perform surgeries to treat ocular trauma, retinal detachment, vitreous hemorrhage, macular hole, scar tissue on the retina, and other related disorders.

Age Related Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration is the most common cause of central vision loss in the elderly. The “macula” refers to the central portion of the retina, the inner layer of the eye. In certain patients, as the eye ages, photoreceptor cells in this part of the eye lose function. As this progresses, central vision is gradually lost in the most common type of this disease referred to as “Dry” Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD). The most common risk factors for this disease are age, smoking, chronic exposure to UV light, and genetics.

Anaheim Eye Institute employs the most state of the art technology including High Definition OCT, Fluorescein Angiography, and Retinal Photographic analysis to monitor and treat macular degeneration. Treatment includes use of appropriate sunglasses outdoors, smoking cessation, use of an AREDS approved eye vitamin, and low vision aids.

Macular Degeneration Anaheim

Patients with dry age related macular degeneration are followed closely for early detection of conversion to “wet” macular degeneration. Wet macular degeneration refers to the development of abnormal blood vessels in the macula which leak blood and fluid in to the retina and dramatically compromise central vision. Sean Adrean MD is a fellowship trained retinal surgeon specializing in the treatment of wet macular degeneration. Dr. Adrean offers the latest innovations to patients in the form of intraocular injections of medications and retinal laser treatments found to eliminate the bleeding and saving your vision.

Retinal Detachment

What is Retinal Detachment?

The retina is a thin tissue that lines the back wall of the eye. It is responsible for sensing the light that enters the eye, just like camera film senses the light that enters a camera. To maintain vision, it is important for the retina to receive oxygen via constant bloodflow. Trauma to the eye and other conditions can cause the retina to tear or detach from the eye wall, thus interrupting vital bloodflow.

Retinal detachment is a serious condition that can rapidly lead to blindness over the course of minutes to hours if not appropriately addressed..

Signs and symptoms of a retinal tear or detachment include the onset of new flashes or floaters, or the sensation of a curtain coming down over the vision in one eye. In some instances the curtain appears to rise up from the floor rather than extend down from the ceiling.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy refers to damage to the retina due elevated blood sugar levels. Diabetes manifests most dangerously in the eyes by causing bleeding at the level of the retina. This terrible disease has been estimated to affect up to 80% of diabetics who have had the disease for 10 years or longer. Because diabetic retinopathy has no early warning signs, it often goes undiagnosed and it is the most common cause of blindness in the United States. It is critical that all diabetic patients undergo a full dilated ophthalmic examination at least once per year so that we may detect and treat diabetic retinopathy early and prevent blindness.

At Anaheim Eye Institute, we take this disease very seriously. Routine photographic examinations of the retina as well as high definition OCT imaging is employed to best diagnose this disease and the extent of involvement. Our retinal specialist is then able to use our in office Flourescein Angiography system to evaluate this disease in detail and plan appropriate treatment or therapy tailored to each patient.

Diabetic retinopathy refers to damage to the retina due elevated blood sugar levels. Diabetes manifests most dangerously in the eyes by causing bleeding at the level of the retina. This terrible disease has been estimated to affect up to 80% of diabetics who have had the disease for 10 years or longer. Because diabetic retinopathy has no early warning signs, it often goes undiagnosed and it is the most common cause of blindness in the United States. It is critical that all diabetic patients undergo a full dilated ophthalmic examination at least once per year so that we may detect and treat diabetic retinopathy early and prevent blindness.

At Anaheim Eye Institute, we take this disease very seriously. Routine photographic examinations of the retina as well as high definition OCT imaging is employed to best diagnose this disease and the extent of involvement. Our retinal specialist, is then able to use our in office Flourescein Angiography system to evaluate this disease in detail and plan appropriate treatment or therapy tailored to each patient.

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Anaheim Eye Institute, INC.
1211 W La Palma Ave.
Suite 201
Anaheim, CA 92801
Phone 714.533.2020
Fax 714.533.9920