At Eye Surgeons of Worcester our retina specialist and vitreoretinal surgeon provides examination, diagnosis and treatment of all types of diseases of the retina including age related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, retinal tears, macular holes, macular pucker and membranes as well as retinal artery and vein occlusions, or blockages.
Age Related Macular Degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss in seniors. With regular eye exams, early detection and diagnosis of vision loss can be prevented or halted in most instances. We are able to perform advanced diagnostic testing as well as provide non-surgical injection treatment with Lucentis®, Eylea® or other medications for AMD right in our office.
Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of Diabetes Mellitus that left undetected and untreated can lead to severe and catastrophic vision loss. All patients with diabetes should have regular eye exams and diagnostic testing in to detect changes in the small blood vessels of the retina that may indicate the need for treatment-even if there is no vision loss! With regular eye exams, early detections and diagnosis vision loss can be prevented or halted in most instances. We are able to perform advanced diagnostic testing as well as non-surgical injection treatment with Lucentis®, Eylea® or other medications for diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema right in our office.
Retinal detachment is a painless site threatening eye problem that causes a number of symptoms and warning signs that occur often before the actual detachment happens. The key to preserving vision is to recognize these warning signs and symptoms and scheduling quick diagnosis and treatment. Warning signs and symptoms of retinal detachment may include:
- Flashes of light that may occur in your field of vision toward the outermost periphery.
- A sudden increase in the number of floaters in your vision and possibly even a ring of floaters or “hairs” in your vision-sometimes this is accompanied by “specks” or a “cobweb”.
- A sense of a “shadow” in your peripheral vision that may progress toward the center of your vision.
- A sensation of a “curtain” or a “veil” being drawn over your vision. Straight lines, such as the edge of a door or walls, appear to be curved or appear as a “bubble”.
- In extreme cases of retinal detachment you may experience a loss of central vision.
If you are experiencing ANY of these symptoms, it is necessary to immediately call Eye Surgeons of Worcester AT ONCE at 508-753-1032 or 800-325-3937 and explain your symptoms to the receptionist so that you may be given an appointment without delay.
Our retina specialist and vitreoretinal surgeon examines and treats patients with macular pucker which is also referred to as an epi-retinal membrane, cellophane maculopathy or vitreomacular adhesion (VMA). This retina problem results from a cellophane-like membrane forming over the macula. Macular Pucker is most often seen in people over 75 years of age and is typically a slow-progressing problem that affects the central vision by causing blur and distortion. As it progresses, the traction of the membrane on the macula may cause swelling of the macula. Signs and symptoms of macular pucker may include:
- Blurred Vision
- Double Vision that is noticeable even with one eye covered
- Distorted Vision so that straight lines appear bent or wavy