Understanding The Retina

The retina is the innermost nerve layer that lines the back of the eye. Many ophthalmologists compare this to the film of a camera. The retina is responsible for processing the images projected onto it and then the optic nerve transmits this to the brain. The retina is susceptible to many types of diseases. There are many new treatments available at either of our locations for treating retina disease.

Assil Eye Institute Retina Division - Los Angeles

What are flashes and floaters?

Flashes of lights (described as little lightning bolts) and floaters (described as little black dots) can be a normal occurrence of little pieces of the retina drying up, breaking off and “floating” around the eye. We suggest that you see an eye doctor to make sure that those flashes and floaters are not something more serious. What CAN it mean? It could mean that you are having the symptoms of a retinal detachment that could need surgical intervention. If you see a lot of flashes and/or a shower of floaters, call your eye doctor immediately. The first 24 hours of a retinal detachment are crucial for retaining your vision.

What if I am diagnosed with Macular Degeneration?

What is Macular Degeneration? Macular Degeneration is a degenerative disease of the macula or central seeing portion of the retina. There are two types of macular degeneration; the “dry kind” that if we live long enough, we will all have some of the “dry kind” and the “wet kind” where there is active bleeding in the macula area causing central vision distortions or even causing missing central vision. There is treatment for the “wet kind” by way of injections of medication directly to the eye. These injections are treatments but not a cure. There is no cure for macular degeneration.

What Is A Retina Specialist?

A retina specialist is a medical doctor trained as an ophthalmologist, who has received additional fellowship training in diseases and surgery of the vitreous and retina.

As mentioned previously, the retina is a very sensitive part of the eye that requires special attention when in danger. Damage to your retina can cause blindness.

Much of the treatment work done by our retina specialists involves: macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease, retinal detachments, uveitis, and flashes or floaters. Our highly skilled Los Angeles retina eye doctors hope you find this information useful when choosing an appropriate retina eye doctor.

Assil Eye Institute’s Retina Division

  • Our Retina specialist has advanced high resolution 3D cameras to evaluate your retinas overall health and well being.
  • Our doctors have many different forms of treatment for macular degeneration and retinal detachments available at either location
  • Our doctors are highly educated in the field of retinal disease diagnosis and treatment

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