Retinal Detachment

Know the risk factors for retinal detachment

The retina serves as the crucial translator for your sight.  It converts light from the outside world into nerve signals in the brain.  Unless this transformation happens, the light focused on the eyes would be useless for navigating our environment.

Retinal detachment occurs when the retina is lifted or pulled from its normal position — a serious condition that can cause permanent vision loss if left untreated. At the offices of Retina Group of Washington our team of skilled professionals is trained in the diagnosis and treatment of retinal detachment.

Sometimes, small areas of the retina are torn. Called retinal tears or retinal breaks, they can ultimately lead to retinal detachment. Knowing the symptoms can be a warning of this occurrence, and include a sudden or gradual increase in either the number of floaters (little “cobwebs” or specks that float about in your field of vision), light flashes in the eye, and a darkening of peripheral vision.

Are you at risk?

A retinal detachment can occur at any age, but commonly in people over age 40, affecting more men than women. The condition is more likely to occur in people who:

  • are extremely nearsighted
  • have had a retinal detachment in the other eye
  • have a family history of retinal detachment
  • have had cataract surgery
  • have other eye diseases or disorders
  • have had eye injury

Small holes and tears of retinal detachment are treated with laser surgery or a freeze treatment called cryopexy, both of which can be performed in the doctor’s office. It is crucial to heed these warning signs, for delaying treatment can cause permanent blindness in the affected eye, when the retina cannot be re-attached.

Your healthy vision is our top priority

Retinal detachment is a medical emergency. If you are experiencing symptoms, see an eye care professional immediately. Regular eye exams can also flag early changes in your eyes that can prevent future problems. At the office of Retina Group of Washington, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate eye care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.

Columbia ophthalmology office

Columbia Ophthalmology Office

Ophthalmologist in Columbia

Just as with other areas of health, pediatric eye issues, and those that affect the retina in particular, are often specific to children. Fortunately, you as a concerned parent, can put your trust in us at The Retina Group of Washington. Our practice has been at the forefront of many landmark studies that are based on childhood retinal ailments, and we continue to be fully involved. So you can be confident that the best care possible is afforded from us.

The retina is not a part of the eye that you can see. It’s located at the back of the eye, but it serves a very vital function in supporting your child’s vision. Among the most common conditions that our Columbia ophthalmology office addresses are juvenile retinal detachment, pediatric retina tumors, optic nerve anomalies, neonatal vitreous hemorrhage, and neovascularization of the retina. That is not a complete list, to be sure. And as alarming as it is to know that your child may have a problem with his or her eye, it’s even more unsettling when it occurs in infancy. The good news is that with our Columbia ophthalmology office, you can breathe easy because your child is benefiting from the highest degree of medical eye care available. We are there to support you and your child every step of the way. She or he will be examined and tested, with expert evaluation made to determine the most appropriate and effective approach. We don’t use a by-the numbers method, but instead tailor your child’s treatment plan to his or her needs and unique situation.

We want you to think of our Columbia ophthalmology office as the location where you can get skilled and experienced attention for your child and her or his retinal challenges. Please contact us to book an appointment.

7130 Minstrel Way, Suite 120 
Columbia, MD 21045
(410) 997-4443

Retina doctor in Columbia

Retina Doctor in Columbia

The Retina Group of Washington is the largest and one of the most accomplished and respected retinal and macular care practices in the country. What distinguishes us from any other local professionals are our combined years of experience and sub-specialties. Our skilled doctors have mastered the art and science of diagnosing, treating, and operating on the full range of retinal and macular diseases. The retina doctor in Columbia is Dr. Deborah Reid. Dr. Reid specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), Diabetic Retinopathy, Vitreoretinal Surgery and the full range of retinal and macular diseases. She has been recognized as a US News’ “Top Doctor”, a Washington/Baltimore “Top Doctor” and Baltimore Sun “Top Doctor.” Research has always been a focal point of Dr. Reid’s work, and she has served as principal investigator for numerous clinical trials, studying biopharmaceuticals and AMD among other eye conditions.

As an expert in age-related macular degeneration (AMD), our retina doctor in Columbia has over 20 years of experience. AMD is a painless condition that slowly blurs central vision over a period of time. It effects the macular that helps you see fine detail. In some people, AMD advances so slowly that vision loss does not occur for a long time. In others, the disease progresses faster and may lead to a loss of vision in one or both eyes. As AMD progresses, a blurred area near the center of vision is a common symptom. Over time, the blurred area may grow larger or you may develop blank spots in your central vision. Objects also may not appear to be as bright as they used to be. AMD by itself does not lead to complete blindness. However, the loss of central vision in AMD can interfere with simple everyday activities, such as the ability to see faces, drive, read, write, or do close work, such as cooking or fixing things around the house.

There are no treatments for early AMD, which in many people shows no symptoms or loss of vision. The retina doctor in Columbia may recommend that you get a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year. The exam will help determine if your condition is advancing. As for prevention, current research indicates AMD occurs less often in people who exercise, avoid smoking, and eat nutritious foods including green leafy vegetables and fish. If you already have AMD, adopting some of these habits may help you keep your vision longer. In addition to AMD, RGW offers a comprehensive list of retinal and macular services including diagnosis, treatment, and surgery for adults, children, and teens. For general eye care, or to treat a specific condition, come to the leading source of compassionate ophthalmologic treatment, the Retina Group of Washington.

7130 Minstrel Way, Suite 120
Columbia, MD 21045
(410) 997-4443