Retinal Disease

Accent Vision Specialists

Optometric Physicians & Dry Eye Disease Specialists located in Santa Fe, NM

Your retinas play a central role in your vision, allowing your eyes to communicate with your brain. Retinal disease and damage can cause significant problems in your vision, especially if you delay treatment. At Accent Vision Specialists, Dwight Thibodeaux, OD, and Paul Tachau, OD, diagnose and treat retinal disease and damage. To schedule an appointment, call the Santa Fe, New Mexico, office.

Retinal Disease Q & A

How can I tell if something is wrong with my retina?

Your retinas, situated at the inside back surface of your eyes, are necessary for sight. It’s their job to sense light, collect visual information, and send signals via the optic nerve to your brain that interprets the images.

Retinal problems may cause a dramatic increase in floaters, black spots, lines, and specks that “float” through your field of vision. If your vision decreases, becomes blurry, distorted, or shadowy, the cause may be a retinal problem.

In the early stages of a retinal problem, you might not notice these changes. Your eyes can usually adapt to vision changes before they become severe. For example, you might only notice blurry vision in the affected eye when you cover your healthy eye.

How are retinal diseases treated?

The best way to detect retinal disease is to get regular eye exams. Your optometric physician can detect early signs of retinal disease and treat it before it becomes a serious problem. 

Make sure to schedule an appointment at Accent Vision Specialists as soon as possible if you notice any troubling changes in your vision. 

Macular degeneration is an age-related condition in which the macula, situated at the center of your retina, deteriorates. Macular degeneration can cause a complete loss of central vision.

Diabetic retinopathy is a common complication of diabetes. It results from damage to the blood vessels in your retina. You’re more likely to develop it if your blood sugar is not under control. 

Be sure to pay close attention to floaters, spots in your field of vision that result from the vitreous gel in your eye clumping together and casting shadows on your retina. Although floaters are usually harmless, they can be a sign of a retinal tear, especially if they appear suddenly and in large numbers. This is an emergency.

Some retinal disease responds to nonsurgical treatment. You can often slow macular degeneration in its early stages by following an antioxidant-rich diet. Diabetic retinopathy can improve if you keep your blood sugar under control.

If necessary, we’ll refer you to a retinal specialist for surgery to reattach your retina or seal a tear. If you have a condition that involves abnormal blood vessel growth, you could undergo a procedure or receive injections to shrink or seal the blood vessels.