Who is most susceptible to retina-related diseases?

Retina specialists most often serve people who have complications from diabetes.


Are there any early warning signs of diabetic retinopathy?

No symptoms may be present in the beginning stages of diabetic retinopathy. An annual retinal screening is vital for early detection, diagnosis and treatment to prevent permanent vision impairments. In more advanced stages, a patient may experience blurred vision that comes and goes, red vision, and red or black spots in vision.


Are there any methods of preventing diabetic retinopathy?

Proactive methods of prevention include, following a prescribed diet and medication plan, exercising regularly, controlling your blood pressure and cholesterol and avoiding alcohol and cigarettes. While not a method of prevention, annual eye exams can help detect early warning signs and ensure proper treatment is given to prevent long-term, severe damage.


What are the risk factors for a retinal detachment?

A retinal detachment can happen to anyone at any age; however it is more common in men over the age of 40. A retinal detachment is more likely to occur in people who have previously had a retinal detachment in the other eye, a family history of retinal detachment, cataract surgery, an eye injury, or who are nearsighted.


Since Age-related macular degeneration is a product of aging, is there a cure or method of prevention?

There is no cure for ARMD, however, a nutritious diet of fresh vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, nuts and seeds can slow down the progression. Studies reveal that vitamins A, C, E and minerals zinc and selenium are key contributors to good eye health.


What treatment options are available for vitreo-retinal problems?

Surgery, lasers and injections are often effective at correcting problems before vision is lost, preventing further deterioration and restoring vision.