What Are the Most Common Retinal Disorders?

For those suffering from vision problems, eye surgery often offers a promising means of improving their sight, their health, and their overall quality of life. Eye surgeons can use their skills to treat a variety of major eye disorders that inhibit vision and create discomfort. Here is a look at some of the most common retinal disorders, all of which should be professionally evaluated as soon as symptoms develop:

Macular Degeneration

  • Macular degeneration is an age-related eye disease characterized by vision loss in the center of the line of sight, within an area of the retina known as the “macula.” Although the cause of this common retinal disorder is not exactly known, those who are obese, smoke, or have a history of macular degeneration in their family are at a higher risk of developing this condition.

Retinal Artery Occlusion

  • Just like other organs in the body, the eyeballs are supplied with blood via a major artery known as the retinal artery. When this artery becomes blocked, the health of the eye’s cells is compromised and a person’s vision can begin to rapidly decline. An eye surgeon and general physician can assess risk factors that could lead to this condition, which include cardiovascular disease and ocular problems.

Retinal Detachment

  • Retinal detachment is the physical disconnection of the retina from its surrounding tissue. Early signs of retinal detachment include blurred peripheral vision, floaters, and perceived flashes of light. The retina may detach due to injury or changes to the eye’s inner vitreous; patients with severe nearsightedness are especially prone to retinal detachment.

If you’re experiencing problems with your vision, be sure to speak with your specialist here at Boston Laser. Our surgeons are experienced in assessing and treating a variety of common and even rare retinal disorders. To learn more about our services, be sure to visit us online or call (617) 566-0062 today.