If you need to see an ophthalmologist who specializes in diseases of the retina and macula, you will definitely want to visit our esteemed vision practice, The Retina Group of Washington. We have many smaller offices throughout the greater Washington D.C. area so that our patients can be treated in an office that is not only convenient to them but has a personalized feel. When you need the very best eye care Georgetown Washington D.C., which may include diagnosis and treatment of sickle cell retinopathy, contact us for an appointment.
Doctors at our eye care Georgetown Washington D.C. practice specialize in all different retinal diseases. When you see one of our doctors, you are virtually being treated by all of our doctors because our doctors frequently consult each other regarding certain eye problems. Sickle cell retinopathy is a sickle cell disease that is an inherited problem of red blood cells. Instead of the red blood cells being normally shaped, they become deformed and take on the appearance of sickles. The problem becomes that these blood cells do not travel well throughout the blood vessels, and can cause clogging and occlusion. When this occurs in the retina, this can lead to different types of vision problems. If the central artery of the retina closes, it can cause the patient to suffer vision loss. However, this is rare. The more frequent problem of patients with sickle cell retinopathy is that vascular occlusion creates areas in the retina that are not receiving enough blood. When this happens, these areas form new, but abnormal, blood vessels. These blood vessels can bleed and cause loss of vision. Retinal detachment can even occur. The good news is that when diagnosed early, sickle retinopathy can be treated with laser treatments. But, if there is a lot of bleeding, or the retina becomes detached, other surgical intervention will be required. Patients with sickle cell disease should have their retinas checked yearly.
For an appointment to see one of our expert ophthalmologists for eye care Georgetown Washington D.C., contact us today.