For macular degeneration, tears, retinal detachment, etc.
Various retinal diseases can result in loss of vision. Age-related macular degeneration is one of the leading causes of irreversible severe visual loss in individuals over the age of 60.
Other retinal diseases include retinal detachment and vessel blockage. Screening for these conditions to detect early disease and appropriate prompt treatment of these conditions can help to prevent visual loss.
Retinal Laser Surgery
Retinal laser surgery may be performed for various retinal conditions, such as retinal tears, diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration.
The laser is done simply as an outpatient procedure and usually takes less than 20 minutes to complete.
Patients can return to work the day after the laser procedure.
New and Improved Treatments for Retinal Disease
A new and improved treatment for age-related macular degeneration is by injecting special drugs into the eye to stop abnormal blood vessels from growing, such as Lucentis (ranibizumab) and Avastin (bevacizumab).
These medication work by inhibiting proteins called vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF).
VEGF is thought to contribute to development of macular degeneration by promoting the growth of abnormal blood vessels in the retina.