We also diagnose and treat many retinal problems including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal tears.  We have state of the art equipment including a digital fundus camera and an ocular coherence tomographer (OCT) to aid us in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of retinal pathologies. The practice now has it's own retinal specialist, Dr. Jane Pan.

Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD)

AMD is a common eye condition and a leading cause of vision loss among people age 50 and older. It causes damage to the macula, a small spot near the center of the retina and the part of the eye needed for sharp, central vision, which lets us see objects that are straight ahead.

With macular degeneration, you may have symptoms such as blurriness, dark areas or distortion in your central vision, and perhaps permanent loss of your central vision. It usually does not affect your side, or peripheral vision.

Symptoms may occur either very slowly over many years or rapidly over just several days. Once a diagnosis of Macular Degeneration is made it is extremely important that you do everything possible to protect your vision.

A major adjustable risk factor for ARMD is smoking. For smokers every effort should be made to stop smoking. New treatments exist to assist with that effort and every patient with macular degeneration who smokes should seek the council of their primary care doctor to help in your quest to become an ex-smoker.

It is also important for every patient with ARMD to be on a specific vitamin regimen called the AREDS 2 formula. Our current preferred product is Macular Protect Complete. It combines the AREDS 2 formula with a general multi-vitamin. We prefer this single product because combining separate AREDS formula vitamins and a multi-vitamin could lead to toxicity. Why you should be careful about taking a multivitamin with the AREDS 2 formula.

An Amsler grid is an excellent tool to use to carefully monitor your vision between office visits.

For the latest new on Macular Degeneration see our Macular Degeneration Blog.

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Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy, the most common diabetic eye disease, occurs when blood vessels in the retina change. Sometimes these vessels swell and leak fluid or even close off completely. In other cases, abnormal new blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina.

People who have diabetic retinopathy often don't notice changes in their vision in the disease's early stages. But as it progresses, diabetic retinopathy usually causes vision loss that in many cases cannot be reversed. Therefore, it is very important for every diabetic to be examined for the early signs of diabetic retinopathy. Discovering signs of the disease early makes for much greater chances of successful treatment.  For the latest news and information on Diabetic eye disease see our Diabetic Retinopathy Blog Posts

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