Annoying Eye Floaters can Signal Something More Serious

You reach a certain age, and your eyesight may not be what it once was. You may start seeing a black dot in your field of vision that moves around when you move your eyes. It could also look like a cobweb. You try blinking but it just won’t go away. While the effect may be odd, floaters can sometimes be symptoms of an eye condition that requires prompt medical attention.

At the offices of Retina Group of Washington – Washington, DC – Capitol Hill, our team of highly-skilled eye professionals is well equipped to diagnose the cause of your floaters and address the underlying causes, helping to restore healthy vision for our patients.

Eye floaters can sometimes be accompanied by other symptoms, such as flashes of light, and diminished peripheral vision. They most often occur as part of the normal aging process, but other eye conditions can cause them as well, including inflammation in the back of the eye, bleeding in the eye, a torn retina, complications from eye surgeries, and trauma to the eye.

Most eye floaters are an annoyance, but they are harmless and don’t require treatment; it’s simply a matter of getting used to them or ignoring them. Warning signs that you should seek an immediate evaluation at our office: if you see a new floater(s), the floaters are accompanied by flashing lights, part of your vision becomes dark, or if floaters appear red, which could indicate bleeding inside the eye.

Depending on the cause and severity of the floaters, laser therapy may be used to break up the floaters and make them less noticeable, or surgery may be used to remove them.

Committed to your vision health

At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Washington, DC – Capitol Hill, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate eye care. For more information on our office and the many services we provide, give us a call today.

The Winter Sun Can Pose a Hazard to Your Eyes

Summer’s over, but that doesn’t mean the sunglasses should come off! For many people, eye protection is top of mind during the hot summer months, but not so much during the cold winter ones, where the sun’s UV radiation can be just as dangerous. Too much UV exposure — regardless of season — may increase the risk of developing a wide variety of eye conditions including cataracts, eye lesions and even cancer.

At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Washington, DC – Capitol Hill, we treat all our patients and their eye conditions with the utmost skill and care. We are also committed to patient education, and we offer these tips for protecting your eyes throughout the year:
• Wear goggles during winter sports: Whether you’re an avid skier or snowboarder, one of the dangers of being outside when there is snow on the ground is the amount of UV rays you’re exposed to. It can be as much as double as is present during the summer months. The bright sun reflects off the white surface of the snow, which magnifies the rays and makes them even stronger.
• Wear sunglasses when there’s snow on the ground: Snow blindness occurs when your eyes are overloaded with UV rays, causing temporary loss of vision. Wear sunglasses to protect yourself from snow blindness – if you’re doing such things as walking in the snow, sledding, or just shoveling the driveway.
• Wear sunglasses on sunny and cloudy days: Even on cloudy days, the UV index can be dangerously high. All protective eyewear should have a side shield protection or wrap around the eye so light cannot enter the eye from side reflections
• Get regular eye exams. Eye deterioration from UV damage can easily be spotted during a routine exam. If caught in time, future eye damage can probably be prevented.

Committed to your vision health

At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Washington, DC – Capitol Hill, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate eye care. For more information on our office and the many services we provide, give us a call today.

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Reasons to Make Eye Care a Priority

Did you know that a visit to the eye doctor each year is just as important as your annual physical and dental exams? The eyes are complex organs, with many parts that must work together to produce clear vision. Regular eye exams can help identify eye diseases in the early stages, when the condition is most treatable.

At the offices of Retina Group of Washington – Washington, DC – Capitol Hill, our team of highly-skilled professionals is well equipped to diagnose and treat a wide range of eye conditions, helping to maintain the best possible vision for each of our patients.

Some eye diseases can go unnoticed for a long time because they have no symptoms at first, but they can eventually lead to vision loss or even blindness if left untreated.

Common vision threats:
• Cataracts: A clouding of the eye’s natural lens, which lies behind the iris and the pupil. Cataracts are the most common cause of vision impairment in people over age 40, and are usually easily treatable with an outpatient procedure.
• Glaucoma: This condition happens when fluid builds up in the front part of the eye, which increases eye pressure and damages the optic nerve. It’s a leading cause of blindness for people over 60.
• Diabetic retinopathy: Occurs in people who have diabetes. It is characterized by too much sugar in the blood, which can cause damage throughout the body, including the blood vessels in the eye’s retina.
• Age-related macular degeneration: A condition where damage occurs to the light sensing cells of the macula, the small area at the center of the eye’s retina responsible for central vision. It blurs the sharp, central vision needed for “straight-ahead” activities such as reading, sewing, and driving. While there is no cure, treatments including drug and laser therapies may slow progression of the disease prevent severe loss of vision.

Committed to good vision health

At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Washington, DC – Capitol Hill, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate eye care. For more information on our office and the many services we provide, give us a call today.