The retina is the light receiving surface in the back of the eye. If you imagine the eye as a camera, the retina is similar to the film. Many different diseases can manifest in the retina due to systemic illness or simply due to age-related changes. If you have any systemic illness including high blood pressure, cholesterol, auto-immune disease or diabetes, your doctor will ask you to have an annual eye exam to monitor how your body is doing. The eye provides a window into the functioning of your vascular system and can provide an early indicator of trouble. At Advanced Eye Center and Advanced Eye Surgery Center we offer many of the latest treatments available to manage these diseases of the eye.

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Common Retina Issues

Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration, also known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD or ARMD), is a medical condition which may result in blurred or no vision in the center of the visual field. Early on there are often no symptoms. Over time, however, some people experience a gradual worsening of vision that may affect one or both eyes. While it does not result in complete blindness, loss of central vision can make it hard to recognize faces, drive, read, or perform other activities of daily life. Visual hallucinations may also occur but these do not represent a mental illness. Read More on Wikipedia

Flashers and Floaters

Eye floaters are spots in your vision. They may look to you like black or gray specks, strings, or cobwebs that drift about when you move your eyes and appear to dart away when you try to look at them directly. Read more on Mayo Clinic

Retinal Tears and Detachments

Retinal detachment describes an emergency situation in which a thin layer of tissue (the retina) at the back of the eye pulls away from its normal position.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy (die-uh-BET-ik ret-ih-NOP-uh-thee) is a diabetes complication that affects eyes. It’s caused by damage to the blood vessels of the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye (retina). Read More on

Hypertensive Retinopathy

Hypertensive retinopathy is damage to the retina and retinal circulation due to high blood pressure (i.e. hypertension). Read More on Wikipedia

Retinal Vein Occlusion

Your retina is a thin layer of tissue that lines the back of your eyeball. It turns light into signals to the brain, which interprets them as sight. When a vein in the retina becomes blocked, it’s called retinal vein occlusion. This can give you blurry vision or even sudden permanent blindness in that eye. It’s similar to retinal artery occlusion, which is sometimes called an eye stroke. Read More on WebMD

Macular Pucker

A macular pucker is scar tissue that has formed on the eye’s macula, located in the center of the light-sensitive tissue called the retina. The macula provides the sharp, central vision we need for reading, driving, and seeing fine detail. A macular pucker can cause blurred and distorted central vision. Read More

Macular Holes

This information was developed by the National Eye Institute to help patients and their families search for general information about macular hole. An eye care professional who has examined the patient’s eyes and is familiar with his or her medical history is the best person to answer specific questions. Read More

Cystoid Macular Edema or CME

Cystoid macular edema or CME, is a painless disorder which affects the central retina or macula. When this condition is present, multiple cyst-like (cystoid) areas of fluid appear in the macula and cause retinal swelling or edema. Read More

Lattice Degeneration

Lattice degeneration is a disease of the human eye wherein the peripheral retina becomes atrophic in a lattice pattern and may develop tears, breaks, or holes, which may further progress to retinal detachment. It is an important cause of retinal detachment in young myopic individuals. The cause is unknown, but pathology reveals inadequate blood flow resulting in ischemia and fibrosis. Read More


Uveitis is a form of eye inflammation. It affects the middle layer of tissue in the eye wall (uvea). Read More

Treatments Available


  • Pan Retinal Photocoagulation (PRP)
  • Focal Grid
  • Barrier Lasers


  • EYLEA® (aflibercept) Injection
  • Avastin® (bevacizumab) Injection