Your retina, the light-sensitive tissue that lines the back of the eye, is an important part of your eye. Millions of photoreceptor cells in the retina convert light into electrical impulses that are sent to the brain via the optic nerve. These impulses are ultimately turned into visual images. In the center of the retina is the macula. The macula provides central vision to see fine detail, read and drive.

If any part of the retina becomes damaged, your vision will be impacted. The doctors at BoozmanHof are specially trained to diagnose and treat retina problems. Early diagnosis is vital to help protect your vision; without proper and timely treatment, retina problems can lead to permanent vision loss.

Retinal diseases and conditions

  • Diabetic retinopathy: eye condition that can cause vision loss and blindness for those with diabetes.
  • Macular degeneration: degenerative condition affecting the central part of the retina resulting in distortion of loss of central vision.
  • Retinal tear: vision problem when the retina has a tear or hole.
  • Retinal detachment: eye problem that occurs when the retina is pulled away from its normal position at the back of the eye.

Retinal diseases symptoms

  • Diabetic retinopathy: spots or floaters, blurred vision, fluctuating vision, dark areas in vision.
  • Macular degeneration: blurry or fuzzy vision, straight lines appear wavy, difficulty recognizing familiar faces, blind spot in center of vision.
  • Retinal tear: sudden appearance of floaters, flashes of light, blurry vision, darker/dimmer vision.
  • Retinal detachment: a lot of new floaters, flashes of light in one or both eyes, a dark shadow or curtain on the sides or in the middle of field of vision.

Retinal disease treatment

A BoozmanHof doctor can examine your retina and diagnose any issues and formulate a customized treatment plan.