Pennsylvania Surgery and Laser Center
Surgery Center located in Philadelphia, PA
Certain retinal conditions, such as retinal detachment or diabetic eye disease, can significantly impact the quality of your vision. At Pennsylvania Surgery and Laser Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a team of ophthalmologists and eye surgeons uses a variety of surgical techniques to improve your retinal function. To learn how retina surgery can improve your vision, call Pennsylvania Surgery and Laser Center or book.
Retina Surgery Q&A
What is retina surgery?
Retina surgery refers to several procedures that repair damage to the retina, place it back in its original position, and improve its function. The team typically performs retina surgery to treat retinal detachment — a potentially serious condition that occurs when the retina pulls away from the back of the eye, separating from its source oxygen and blood supply.
Which conditions can retina surgery treat?
The team at Pennsylvania Surgery and Laser Center may recommend retina surgery if you have:
The vitreous humor is the jelly-like area of your eye that helps it keep its shape and allows light in to reach the retina. A vitreous hemorrhage occurs when blood fills this part of the eye, leading to blurred vision and eye floaters.
The macula is located in the center of the retina, providing the sharpness you need to drive, read, and see small details. A small break in the macula can create a hole that leads to blurred or distorted vision.
The retina pulling away from the eye is a serious emergency that requires immediate treatment. Without emergency care, a detached retina can cause vision loss and even blindness.
When scar tissue develops on the macular, it can form an epiretinal membrane, or macular pucker, that distorts or blurs your vision.
The leading cause of vision loss in adults, macular degeneration occurs when the macula deteriorates or the blood vessels underneath the retina begin to grow and leak.
Diabetic eye disease
Diabetes can cause many vision and eye problems, including blurred vision, floaters in the eyes, dark spots, and even blindness. This occurs when the blood vessels in the back of the eye become damaged due to uncontrolled blood sugar levels.
How are retinal conditions treated?
The Pennsylvania Surgery and Laser Center team offers several treatments to repair retinal damage, such as:
Your ophthalmologist can inject medications directly into your eye to treat progressive diseases, such as diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusion, and macular edema. Intravitreal injections are particularly effective at treating macular degeneration.
Cryotherapy and laser therapy
For simple tears in the retina, the team can use cryotherapy or laser therapy to repair damage. While cryotherapy freezes damaged tissue, laser therapy uses heat to cut through it. Depending on your unique case, the team can determine which treatment is right for you.
Scleral buckling can repair a detached retina by exposing your eyeball before using a small freezing instrument to repair the retinal tissue.
Schedule an appointment with a board-certified ophthalmologist today by calling Pennsylvania Surgery and Laser Center.