Care for macular degeneration, diabetic eye diseases and more
When was the last time you had an eye exam?
Your eyes are delicate and complex, especially your retinas.
Maintaining the health of your retinas and vision can contribute to a better quality of life and ensure you’re enjoying what you love—whether it’s spending time with loved ones, living an active lifestyle or reading books—for as many years as possible.
What’s a retina?
The retina is a light-sensitive area in the back of the eye that includes the macula, which is made up of light-sensitive cells that provide us with sharp, detailed vision. In a healthy eye, images are focused onto the retina and then converted into electrical signals that are sent to the brain for processing.
What kinds of conditions and diseases affect the retina?
We see many patients for Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), an eye disease associated with advancing age. AMD affects as many as 11 million people in the US and is the leading cause of vision loss in patients over age 50. AMD affects the macula, the center of the retina, located in the back wall of the eye.
Diabetic retinopathy affects patients with diabetes. If you have diabetes mellitus, your body does not use and store sugar (glucose) properly. Elevated levels of glucose in your blood damage eye capillaries over time. This damage is the cause of diabetic retinopathy.
Other conditions and diseases include:
- Macular hole / pucker
- Retinal detachment
- River blindness / onchocerciasis
If you’re overdue for an eye exam, request an appointment to make sure your retinas are happy and healthy!
Are my retinas at risk for a condition or disease?
Studies show that most AMD tends to run in families. An association has also been found between smoking and AMD.
Patients with diabetes are at an elevated risk for conditions and diseases affecting retinas. If you’re curious about the relationship between diabetes and eye health, read our article, Diabetes and Your Eyes.
Whether you’re at a higher risk than average or not, it’s better to be proactive than reactive about your eye health, so schedule an eye exam at the Cheyenne Eye Clinic & Surgery Center to give your retinas a check!