Welcome to Kings Highway Vision Center of Brooklyn, NY, where we prioritize your eye health with expert care and cutting-edge treatments. Our dedicated team of optometrists is committed to providing comprehensive services, including the diagnosis and treatment of retinal diseases.

Understanding Retinal Disease

The retina is a vital component of your eye, responsible for capturing light and converting it into electrical signals that your brain interprets as images. Any damage or disease affecting the retina can have significant implications for your vision and overall eye health.

Retinal diseases encompass a wide range of conditions, each with its own causes, symptoms, and treatments. Some common retinal diseases include:

  1. Macular Degeneration: This age-related condition affects the macula, the central part of the retina, leading to blurred or distorted central vision.
  2. Diabetic Retinopathy: A complication of diabetes, diabetic retinopathy occurs when high blood sugar levels damage the blood vessels in the retina, potentially leading to vision loss.
  3. Retinal Detachment: This occurs when the retina pulls away from its normal position, disrupting vision and requiring immediate medical attention.
  4. Retinitis Pigmentosa: A genetic disorder causing progressive vision loss due to damage to the retina’s light-sensitive cells.

Early detection and timely intervention are crucial in managing retinal diseases effectively. That’s why regular eye exams, especially for individuals at risk, such as those with diabetes or a family history of retinal conditions, are essential for maintaining optimal eye health.

What is the retina?

The retina is the light-sensitive back “wall” of the interior of the eye. The retina contains special cells called rods and cones, which when exposed to any light, trigger nerve reactions that are sent to the brain. The brain in return interprets these signals as the images we see in front of us.

What kinds of diseases affect the retina?

Age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, is the most prevalent retinal disease, affecting about 15 million older adults in the U.S. AMD causes no symptoms in its earliest stages, and without regular eye exams, the disease may progress undetected until vision loss occurs. The macula is the portion of the retina responsible for central vision. In AMD, the macula deteriorates, affecting the ability to see straight ahead and impairing a person’s ability to read and to see and recognize faces. Other retina diseases include:

  • diabetic retinopathy, a retinal disease that affects people with diabetes, damaging the blood vessels that supply the retina with oxygen-rich blood and nutrients
  • cancer of the retina, or retinoblastoma
  • retinal detachment, an emergent condition that causes the retina to pull away from the back of the eye, requiring immediate medical attention to prevent blindness
  • macular holes, which occur more often among people over age 60

How are retinal diseases managed?

Retinal diseases require ongoing care and regular exams to keep them in check and to help slow the progression of the diseases. Dilated exams are an important part of disease management, enabling the retina and macula to be seen and evaluated so signs of disease can be monitored. Having regular exams also ensures you can be referred to an ophthalmologist when needed for more advanced care, which may include lasers to repair holes or abnormal blood vessels or other techniques, including removing the gel-like vitreous portion of the eye.

Schedule Your Appointment Today!

Don’t let retinal disease compromise your vision and quality of life. Schedule an appointment at Kings Highway Vision Center of Brooklyn, NY, and take proactive steps towards preserving your eye health. With our expertise, advanced technology, and personalized care approach, you can trust us to safeguard your vision for years to come. Contact us today to learn more or to book your appointment. We look forward to serving you and helping you achieve optimal eye health and clarity of vision.

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Why Choose Kings Highway Vision Center?

  • Expertise: Our team of skilled optometrists has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating a wide range of retinal conditions, ensuring you receive the highest quality care.
  • Advanced Technology: We invest in cutting-edge diagnostic and treatment equipment to deliver precise, effective solutions for your retinal health needs.
  • Personalized Care: We understand that every patient is unique, which is why we take a personalized approach to treatment, considering your individual circumstances, preferences, and goals.
  • Comprehensive Services: In addition to retinal disease management, we offer a full spectrum of eye care services, including routine eye exams, contact lens fittings, and eyewear prescriptions, making us your one-stop destination for all your eye care needs.