We know how important your vision is to your ability to do everyday tasks and enjoy your life. That’s why we’re here — to help preserve your eyesight for years to come. While our practice specializes in treating cataracts and glaucoma, we also successfully diagnose and care for patients with a wide variety of retinal disorders. If you’re experiencing eye pain or vision loss, Ophthalmology Associates of Western New York can provide you with the peace of mind of knowing that your eyesight is in capable hands.
Usually affecting older adults, macular degeneration is a condition that involves the deterioration of the center of the retina, which is the area that sends signals from the eye to the brain and allows us to see detailed images. Although there is currently no cure for macular degeneration, there are preventive options and treatments that can slow its progression to avoid vision loss.
Untreated diabetes can cause damage to the blood vessels in the eye’s retina. This can result in a variety of conditions, including diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, cataracts, and glaucoma. That’s why we recommend that diabetic patients receive a comprehensive eye evaluation at least once a year. Our goal is to detect any of these conditions as early on as possible so we can slow progression and prevent vision loss.
Retinal detachment, or the movement of the retina from its usual position, can have several potential causes, including fluid underneath the retina, a buildup of scar tissue, injury, or inflammation. Because retinal detachment is a medical emergency, it requires care as quickly as possible. Treatment depends on the severity of the detachment, and options include laser surgery, freeze treatment, or more extensive eye surgery.
Macular pucker occurs when scar tissue builds up on the macula in the back of the eye. Sometimes, it has no symptoms at all, but it can cause a blind spot in the center of the eye or problems in seeing fine details. This condition can clear up on its own, but sometimes it requires surgery to fully restore vision.
Macular holes can vary in size and location, but they all consist of a tear in the macula, which is located in the back of the eye. These holes can cause difficulty looking straight ahead or seeing straight lines, and can eventually affect your ability to complete everyday tasks. Some macular holes close up on their own and don’t need treatment, while others will require surgery to prevent vision loss.
Often a nuisance and occasionally a sign of a more serious condition, floaters are spots or squiggles that seem to “float” across your field of vision. They’re caused by deformities of the vitreous or the gel-like substance that fills your eye. Floaters are generally more common in older adults and often don’t require any treatment. However, we will monitor their progression and can provide other treatment options, such as surgery, if floaters are seriously impacting your vision or are the result of an eye condition or injury.