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.

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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.

Lasers Prove Effective in Treating some Retinal Conditions

Retinal diseases vary widely, but most of them cause visual symptoms and can affect any part of the eye. At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Washington, DC – Capitol Hill, our team of highly-skilled eye specialists are well equipped to diagnose and treat conditions of the retina, helping to restore or maintain healthy vision for our patients.

Many retinal diseases share some common signs and symptoms, such as seeing “floaters,” “cobwebs” or flashes of light in your field of vision, or having blurry, distorted or even or reduced vision. All of these are warning signs that need prompt medical attention.

We can treat some common retinal conditions with a non-invasive procedure known as laser photocoagulation — where the heat of the laser works to seal the tear or destroy actively growing abnormal blood cells. The procedure can be successfully used on patients suffering from age-related macular degeneration (where the center of the retina begins to deteriorate); diabetic retinopathy (retinal damage as a result of diabetes); retinal vein occlusion (blockage of the small veins that carry blood away from the retina); retinal detachments (at the back of the eye pulls away from the layer of blood vessels that provides it with oxygen and nutrients) and certain other conditions.

After this relatively painless procedure, the surgeon may administer a topical steroid to prevent inflammation. Bed rest is usually recommended for the first few days, giving time for the eye to fully heal.

Good vision is our top priority

The main goals of retinal treatment are to stop or slow disease progression and preserve, improve or restore your vision. 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.

Regular Eye Exams can Help Maintain Good Vision

The eyes are an essential part of our bodies, allowing us to see the world around us. It’s also the only part of the human body where a doctor can easily see a part of the central nervous system, the optic nerve and retina. That observation plays a crucial part of a comprehensive eye examination.

At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Washington, DC – Capitol Hill, our skilled professionals provide the highest quality eye examinations in a relaxed, comfortable setting. Regular eye exams are important in determining such things as common eye diseases, whether you need glasses or contacts, and the general health of your eyes.

Comprehensive eye examinations involve tests your vision using an eye chart, and whether you need glasses or a change of prescription strength. They also involve dilation of the pupils of your eyes to increase their size. This allows us to see and evaluate the health of both the optic nerve and retina — critical to preventing and treating eye conditions that could potentially lead to vision loss.
Dilation helps us to detect a host of potentially serious eye diseases including age-related macular degeneration (when the eye’s macula begins to break down causing blind spots in your central vision), diabetic retinopathy (when uncontrolled blood sugar levels damage the blood vessels of the retina); and retinal vein occlusion (a blockage of blood flow in one of the retinal veins) to name a few. Regular dilated eye exams play a key role in early detection of disease, making treatment more effective.

We make your vision our top priority

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

Retinal Vein Occlusion: A Blockage of Critical Blood Flow

The delicate structure of the eye’s retina has powerful effects. The retina is a very thin sheet of nerve tissue that lines the inside of the back of the eye, allowing us to see. Retinal vein occlusion (RVO) is a major cause of vision loss in the United States and is more common in patients 65 years of age and older.

A retinal vein occlusion (RVO) is a blockage of blood flow in one of the retinal veins, depriving parts of the retina of much-needed oxygen and in some cases, causing swelling. At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Washington, DC – Capitol Hill, our skilled professionals are experts at diagnosing and treating RVO to restore your healthy vision.

RVO is usually sudden, painless, and typically occurs in only one eye at a time. You may notice blurring either in your central vision, in one corner of your vision or throughout your entire field of vision, depending on the location of the blockage and its effects.

While it’s not possible to unblock retinal veins, the most common way to address RVO is to treat the health problems closely associated with the condition, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, glaucoma and plaque buildup in the arteries.

In some cases, certain therapies can be used to treat RVO including ocular injections or laser therapy to reduce swelling and inflammation. Before treatment begins, it’s important that we perform a full examination and discuss all the treatment options — including the risks, benefits and alternatives – in order to choose the best course of action for your particular case.

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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.

Understanding Common Conditions of the Retina

At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Washington, DC – Capitol Hill, we specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of a range of disorders affecting the health and quality of your vision. One of the most important parts of the eye is the retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye that allows us to see. Being aware of conditions that can affect it might just save your vision in the future.

  • Macular Degeneration: Occurs when the macula begins to break down causing blind spots in your central vision.
    • Symptoms include blurred or “fuzzy” vision central vision, difficulty reading or seeing details, straight lines that appear distorted to you.
  • Retinal Detachment: Occurs when the retina lifts off the back wall of the eye, stopping the flow of blood and oxygen to the retina, resulting in cells dying off. A retinal detachment should be treated as a medical emergency.
    • Symptoms include a sudden increase in floaters (spots in your field of vision), flashes of light, as well as a darkening of peripheral (side) vision.
  • Diabetic Retinopathy: Occurs when uncontrolled blood sugar levels damage the tiny blood vessels in the retina.
    • Symptoms include floaters, blurred vision, impaired color vision, and vision loss.
  • Glaucoma: Occurs from damage to optic nerve, which connects the eye to the brain, most often caused by abnormally high eye pressure
    • Symptoms include eye pain, blind spots in the peripheral or central vision, blurred vision, and eye redness.

You should always report any changes in your vision to your eye doctor especially if you experience any loss of vision or sudden changes. At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Washington, DC – Capitol Hill, our top priority is your good vision health and we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled retinal eye care. For more information on our office and the many services we provide, give us a call today.

What is Central Serous Chorioretinopathy?

There are many things that can go wrong with the eye – affecting your ability to see clearly. One of those conditions is called central serous chorioretinopathy (CSC), which results in the sudden onset of blurred or distorted vision — usually in only one eye — that is accompanied by a blind spot in the center of the visual field.

At the offices of Retina Group of Washington – Washington, DC – Capitol Hill, our team of highly-skilled eye professionals is well equipped to diagnose and treat CSC, helping to manage the condition and to recover healthy vision for our patients.

Central serous retinopathy happens when fluid builds up behind the retina in the eye, causing sudden or gradual vision loss. While blurry central vision in one eye is the most common symptom, others include reduced night vision, reduced ability to distinguish between colors and an impaired ability to discern fine detail – like reading and recognizing faces.

CSC usually resolves on its own within a few weeks to months. For chronic sufferers, the condition can lead to long-term vision difficulties, requiring medical treatments. Early detection of CSC is very helpful, and most eyes with CSC can be treated successfully with laser therapy, oral medications and/or ocular injections to avoid permanent vision loss.

Your healthy vision is our top priority

You should always report any changes in your vision to your eye doctor especially if you experience any loss of vision or sudden changes. At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Washington, DC – Capitol Hill, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled retinal 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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What is Central Serous Chorioretinopathy?

There are many things that can go wrong with the eye – affecting your ability to see clearly. One of those conditions is called central serous chorioretinopathy (CSC), which results in the sudden onset of blurred or distorted vision — usually in only one eye — that is accompanied by a blind spot in the center of the visual field.

At the offices of Retina Group of Washington – Washington, DC – Capitol Hill, our team of highly-skilled eye professionals is well equipped to diagnose and treat CSC, helping to manage the condition and to recover healthy vision for our patients.

Central serous retinopathy is a medical condition where fluid builds up behind the retina in the eye. It can cause sudden or gradual vision loss as the central retina detaches. This central area is called the macula.

CSC most often occurs in young and middle-aged adults and men tend to develop the condition more commonly than women. Vision loss is usually temporary but sometimes can become chronic or recur.

While blurry central vision in one eye is the most common symptom, others include reduced night vision, reduced ability to distinguish between colors and an impaired ability to discern fine detail – like reading and recognizing faces.

Without treatment, CSC typically resolves on its own within a few weeks to months. For chronic sufferers, the condition can lead to long-term vision difficulties, which is why medical intervention is recommended. There are several treatments used for the condition, including thermal or cold laser treatments, oral medications, and eye injections. Early detection of CSC is very helpful, and most eyes with CSC can be treated successfully to avoid permanent vision loss.

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.

Risk Factors for Floaters

Do you ever see spots in your line of vision? If so you may be experiencing floaters. At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Washington, DC – Capitol Hill, we can help!

Sometimes described as dark shapes or spots, flecks, lines, or strings, floaters are small shadows that are often caused by age-related changes to the eye. These are a normal part of some people’s vision and may just be annoying, but not require treatment. However, if you don’t normally have floaters or if you start to see an increasing amount in your line of sight, it’s important to have your eyes checked.

Floaters can appear like small, dark shapes. They may move when you move your eyes, and dart around. Usually you’ll see these when it is bright out or while looking into the light. They are not commonly associated with any pain. But just because you don’t feel pain, doesn’t mean you should ignore these symptoms. While floaters can be harmless, they can also indicate a more serious problem. The only way to tell is to schedule an eye exam as soon as you notice anything unusual.

What Causes Floaters?
According to the Mayo Clinic, common causes include:
• Aging (those 50 and over are at an increased risk)
• Inflammation of the eye
• Bleeding in the eye
• Retinal tear
• Eye surgeries
• Eye medications

Be sure to tell your doctor if you are nearsighted, have had any previous eye trauma or eye surgery complications, have diabetes, or any eye inflammation. These are all risk factors for floaters. Remember, it’s important to report any changes in vision or eye-related concerns as soon as you notice them and to always have regular, annual eye exams.

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