Judicious oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Jennifer Hui provides eyelid surgery and other procedures to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, and surrounding communities and neighborhoods in this part of California.
Why Seek Treatment?
Several retinal diseases have typical signs and treatments. However, each disease has its unique attributes. The objective of treatment for retinal diseases is to stop or decrease the progression of the disease as well as enhance, preserve or restore vision in the eye.
The most effective way to identify or prevent damage to the retina is to visit an ophthalmologist routinely for eye exams.
What Causes Damage to the Retina?
Various factors can lead to damage to the retina, including but not limited to:
- Eye trauma
- Eye disease
- Environmental causes such as staring at the sun or solar radiation
What are the Retina and the Vitreous?
The retina is a complex membrane that lines the inside of the eye. It acts similar to the film in a camera. The retina captures images, encodes them, and transmits them to the brain through the optic nerve. Understandably, the retinal processes are quite complex and can be obstructed in various ways.
The vitreous is attached to specific regions of the retina and filling within the eye. The vitreous is a substance that is gel-like and provides the eye its volume and shape. It can be very harmful if foreign matter enters the vitreous.
Common Retinal Conditions
This is a progressive eye condition that affects almost 10 million people in the US as well as millions more worldwide. This disease impacts the eye macula. The macula is the area where we experience the sharpest central vision.
Though macular degeneration rarely causes total blindness, it can lead to loss of all vision except the peripheral vision which creates unclear images or black holes at the center of the vision. The symptoms of macular degeneration include blind spots or blurred central vision.
This condition occurs when the blood vessels located in the back of the eye are weakened or damaged leading to inflammation or leaking of blood in the eye. There are two forms of diabetic retinopathy-proliferative and non-proliferative.
Non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy is brought about by the leakage of retinal blood vessels into the macula which causes it to swell. This can lead to the vision being cloudy or blurred. When this disease advances, it takes the form of proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR) where new blood vessels may form in the retina.
Floaters refer to small abnormalities in an individual’s vision. These can appear as small curvy lines or little spots that move in tandem with the eye movement. Floaters can occur due to a variety of reasons. However, the most common causes include eye injury, the presence of foreign matter in the vitreous, or other existing eye diseases.
Uveitis refers to the swelling in the middle eye layer that comprises of the choroid, ciliary body, and the iris. The symptoms of this condition include eye pain, redness, heightened light sensitivity, blurred or cloudy vision, and headaches.
Committed eye surgeon Dr. Jennifer Hui receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, and nearby areas in this region of the southwest for eye related and other cosmetic surgery procedures.
For more information about cosmetic surgery and nonsurgical eye treatments and procedures performed by Oculoplastic Eye Surgeon Dr. Jennifer Hui for patients in and around Palm Springs, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Palm Desert, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, California and surrounding areas call 760.610.2677 or click here to contact us.