How often do you think about your retina? We’re guessing not all that much. And if you’re not having a problem, then there’s no reason to, of course. Your retina is the part of your eye, located at the back, where light is focused after it enters the cornea at the front of your eye. And in the center of the retina is the macula. It’s natural to take your vision and your eye health for granted. But at The Retina Group of Washington, it’s our job to ensure that you are able to enjoy optimal eyesight and good optical well-being for the long term. Our adult ophthalmologist in Fredericksburg has been helping people just like you for over four decades. And we continue to do so. Diseases related to your retina include diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, complications of cataracts, and age-related macular degeneration.
With our advanced diagnostic testing, our adult ophthalmologist in Fredericksburg can help you by detecting eye diseases in their early stages. Age-related macular degeneration becomes a more pressing concern with age. It is tested for from age 40 and up and is the most common reason for severe vision loss in those 60 and older. As with many eye diseases, there are no signs to alert you until it has become more advanced. A complete yearly eye exam will determine if there is any reason for concern. Fortunately, although it is not reversible, age-related macular degeneration can be managed and in many instances, further loss of vision can be avoided. Diabetic retinopathy occurs as a complication of either type one or type two diabetes. It can lead to your retinal blood vessels becoming damaged, blocking the flow of blood to them, and causing vision loss.
Glaucoma and cataracts are very common eye diseases that can occur in anyone at any age. Glaucoma is marked by an excess of internal eye pressure, which if left unchecked can lead to a variety of complications. And cataracts, primarily a disease that affects your eye lenses, can also have an impact on your retinas without close monitoring and management. Our adult ophthalmologist in Fredericksburg will stay on top of your condition to make certain that you are receiving the best care possible, whether that is medical or surgical. We’re the only name you need to know when it comes to your retinal and macular health.