Retinal Surgical Treatments
Retinal surgery may be indicated for certain conditions diagnosed by your retinal specialist. The most common type of retinal surgery is pars plana vitrectomy (PPV or vitrectomy). Vitrectomy surgery is microscopic, involves extremely technologically advanced surgical equipment, and is usually performed under local anesthesia with some sedation. You can expect mild redness and soreness after vitrectomy surgery, but recovery is usually well tolerated with minimal pain.
Diabetic Retinopathy Treatments
Diabetes causes blood vessel damage. Fine blood vessels in the eye are especially vulnerable to injury from lack of oxygen. The vessels in the eye are the key to metabolizing nutrients in the retina, which creates vision. The small blood vessels in the retina can become less water-tight, and the fluids inside the blood vessels may leak out, accumulating in the retina. This swelling and distortion of the retinal layers is called macular edema or Diabetic Macular Edema (DME). Diabetic Macular Edema and is the number one cause of diabetic vision loss.
Laser Eye Surgery
Lasers used for eye surgery have come a long way since their introduction just six decades ago. Today, many different types of lasers can be used safely on the eyes, and some can be used to address retinal conditions. Laser eye surgery, when appropriate, is a safe and comfortable treatment for many retinal conditions and it can be done in-office here at Louisiana Retina. There is usually little to no discomfort, and there is minimal downtime afterwards. It’s important to note that retina laser eye surgery is not vision correction surgery like LASIK, but rather laser treatment is used to treat and control conditions that could worsen your vision.
Many eye diseases can be treated with anti-VEGF or steroid Intravitreal Injections. These can include diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, retinal vein occlusions and age related macular degeneration. Intravitreal Injection is a quick and safe office procedure. Intravitreal injections can slow or even stop the damaging disease processes.
Floaters are very common especially as humans get older; most of us have experienced spots and shapes moving around within our field of vision. In most cases, they are temporary and not a sign of damage to the eye. While floaters are generally not a cause for concern, they may signal a more serious issue if they persist over an extended time or suddenly worsen. When floaters are large, prominent, or obstructive, they should be examined and treated by an eye specialist.