Retinal Issues

Retinal Issues

General Information About Retinal Issues Test

Issues with your retina may affect your side vision and cause visual disturbances. For some individuals, a significant amount of vision loss is possible. 

The problem may stem from a tear in your retina. When this occurs, the vitreous – a gel-like substance – shrinks. It tugs on the tissue in your retina and can damage it. 

Your retina may detach. When the retina lifts away from the underlying tissue, you may experience tunnel vision and visual disturbances. Unfortunately, if you don't receive treatment soon enough, you could have permanent vision loss. 

Other possible issues with your retina include the following:

  • Macular degeneration
  • Macular hole
  • Epiretinal membrane
  • Diabetic retinopathy 
  • Retinitis pigmentosa 
  • Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine), chloroquine toxicity 
  • Many other long term medication toxicities

What to Expect During Your Appointment for Retinal Issues 

The first part of the exam consists of asking you to complete a full medical history report, which inquires about any eye problems or other health problems you have. Then, the welcoming staff will ask about any recent eye problems you've had. 

Our optometrists will perform a slit-lamp exam, which utilizes light and a low-powered microscope. They look inside of your eye to search for any signs of tears, detachment, or other issues with your retina. 

Further testing may be necessary. For instance, an Amsler grid may be used to access your peripheral vision. You'll need to identify if any of the lines on the grid appear distorted, broken, or faded. 

An optical coherence tomography test may be used to capture an image of your retina. This particular test looks for holes and swelling in your macula. 

You'll be in good hands with our optometrists!

Treatment for Retinal Issues 

Treatment for your retinal problems may include prescription eyewear, a prescription magnifier, and patient education about methods that can optimize your vision. 

Fortunately, most treatments are non-aggressive. Many conditions are manageable, especially when you seek out immediate medical attention. 

For more information about retinal issues, contact Optimum Eyecare at (817) 419-8871.

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