In normal vision the eye works much like a camera, in which the lens in the front allows light through to the film creating a picture. The eye functions in a similar fashion. Light enters through the cornea and lens. Then that light focuses on the retina, which serves as the “film” in the eye. The retina is a thin layer of delicate nerve tissue which lines the back portion of the eye. It has two main parts – the macula, responsible for central and color vision, and the peripheral retina, which is responsible for side vision and night vision.
Diabetic retinopathy is treated in many ways depending on the stage of the disease and the specific problem that requires attention. Options include laser, injections of medication, and traditional surgery. The goal of treatment is to arrest the progression of the disease.
It is recommended for patients diagnosed with diabetes to have a yearly eye exam with an ophthalmologist or optometrist. Also, be sure to closely monitor blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol to help prevent diabetic retinopathy.
As we have mentioned early diagnosis is key and makes treatment quicker and easier for the patient. Mid Florida Eye Center prides themselves on offering the latest in retinal testing. At your visit the doctor may recommend one or a combination of tests. These tests maybe; Ultrasound Testing, Fluorescein & ICG Angiography, Optical Coherence Tomographer (OCT) or an Electroretinogram.
The Electroretinography is our newest technology that aides in the detection of abnormal retinal functions. (ERG) is an important clinical tool that provides an objective quantitative measure of retinal function. ERGs elicited by patterned stimuli (PERGs) reflect the activity of the inner retina (primarily retinal ganglion cells) whereas ERGs resultant from luminance modulation of a uniform field taps activity of the outer retina (primarily ON bipolar cells).
Are You Searching For a Retina Specialist In The Villages, Leesburg, Mount Dora Or The Surrounding Communities? Schedule an appointment with Mid Florida Eye Center.