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Retina Specialist

Pacific Eye

Ophthalmologists & Optometrists located on the Central Coast of California

Retinal diseases encompass a large group of conditions, all of which can cause vision loss and in some cases even blindness. The doctors at Pacific Eye, with offices in San Luis Obispo, Lompoc, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, and Santa Maria, California, as well as Optical Concepts in Santa Maria, offer specialized retina services to ensure every patient with a retinal problem receives the high-quality treatment needed to protect their vision. Call or use online booking to schedule an appointment today at one of the six Pacific Eye offices in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.

Retina Q & A

How do I know if I need retina services?

Most retinal problems don’t cause symptoms until the disease progresses enough for there to be significant damage. But when you have regular comprehensive eye exams, your doctor at Pacific Eye can detect the earliest signs of disease and begin treatment to prevent the condition from worsening.

Although there are numerous retinal diseases, many produce common symptoms, including:

  • Frequent or sudden floaters and flashes of light
  • Blurry, distorted, or double vision
  • Loss of peripheral vision
  • Loss of central vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Problems with night vision

If you experience one or more of these symptoms, schedule an exam to see if you need specialized retina services.

What are the most common retinal diseases?

The doctors at Pacific Eye often treat retinal conditions such as:

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)

This type of macular degeneration occurs when the macula, a part of your retina, deteriorates. As damage worsens, you lose central vision, which affects your ability to read, drive, and recognize faces.

Diabetic retinopathy

When your blood sugar is high it damages blood vessels in the retina. As a result, abnormal blood vessels grow and can leak, damage the retina, and cause vision loss.

Retinal detachment

When the retina breaks away from its supportive, underlying tissues, you need immediate treatment to prevent blindness. Retinal tearing may be caused by an eye injury, advanced diabetic retinopathy, or vitreous detachment.

Uveitis and other infections

Uveitis refers to an inflammatory condition that causes red eye and affects several parts of your eye, including the retina. Your retina is also vulnerable to inflammation caused by bacterial, fungal, and viral infections.

Retinal vein occlusions

A retinal vein occlusion occurs when a small vein is blocked. This condition often develops due to high blood pressure (hypertension), high cholesterol, and diabetes.

Epiretinal membranes (ERMs)

ERM, or a macular pucker, develops when a thin membrane forms over your retina. As the membrane pulls on the retina, the macula puckers. ERM may be caused by vascular disease, inflammatory conditions, retinal detachment, or an eye injury.

How are retinal diseases treated?

Each retinal disease requires customized treatment, which could range from eye drops and eye injections to advanced surgery. The doctors at Pacific Eye are experts in laser eye surgery when needed to repair retinal problems.

With the special retina services offered at Pacific Eye, each patient can depend on optimal outcomes. To schedule an appointment, call or book an appointment online today.