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Retinal Conditions: Types and Symptoms

By Jeffrey Schultz on May 06, 2017

Illustration of an eye with macular degenerationAt Lifetime Eye Care, we strive to offer you and your family the most comprehensive range of eye care services and treatments available. This includes diagnosis of and treatments for virtually all types of retinal conditions. At our Cleveland, OH eye care clinic, we use only the most advanced and effective technologies and techniques to help our patients achieve and maintain optimal eye health given their conditions. If you have an existing retinal condition, or if you are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with conditions of the retina, we can help you, too.

There is nothing more precious than your vision, and a properly functioning retina is essential to the clarity and crispness of that vision. Like most other eye disorders and diseases, retinal conditions are most easily treated when they are diagnosed in their earliest stages. This is why it is so important to schedule an eye exam immediately if you are experiencing any of the symptoms described on this page. If you do have a retinal condition, timely treatment may be able to halt or at least slow its progress.

Even if you aren’t experiencing any of the symptoms of the retinal conditions described in this blog post, it is important that you undergo a comprehensive eye exam at least once every two years. We invite you to schedule your eye exam at Lifetime Eye Care today.

The Most Common Retinal Conditions

Dr. Jeffrey E. Schultz provides care for a wide range of retinal conditions, including:

  • Diabetic retinopathy: This condition occurs as a result of damage to the retinal blood vessels caused by high blood sugar levels in people with poorly controlled diabetes. Symptoms of the condition include dark spots and flashing lights in the visual field, blurred vision, eye pain, and poor peripheral vision.
  • Macular degeneration: Most commonly associated with aging, macular degeneration affects the macula, or the center portion of the retina. Symptoms of the condition include distortion of straight lines so that they appear to be wavy. As central vision worsens, peripheral vision remains unaffected.
  • Retinal tears: Retinal tears are most common among people over the age of 50 who have extreme myopia. Those who have undergone cataract surgery are at heightened risk for retinal tears. Symptoms for the condition include a sudden increase in floaters and flashes and diminished peripheral vision.
  • Retinal detachment: Retinal detachment is a serious condition requiring urgent treatment. People who are at risk for retinal detachment include those who are also at risk for retinal tears, as well as those who have other retinal conditions or serious eye diseases such as glaucoma. Symptoms of retinal detachment include a sudden increase in floaters and flashes, as well as the presence of a shadow-like drape that falls over the entire field of vision.

Learn More about Retinal Conditions

If you would like to learn more about the various types of retinal conditions and their treatments, please contact Lifetime Eye Care today.

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