Retina Diseases

Do You Suffer From Macular Degeneration?

The macula helps your eye focus on centrally located items. This includes things like television and faces. While central vision is only about 3% of vision, if damaged it can lead to blindness in a practical sense. Macular damage can prevent patients from being able to watch television, use computers, drive or read.

Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) can occur as your eye ages. Macular degeneration can appear as either wet or dry degeneration.

Dry macular degeneration is the most common form, representing 90% of cases. It may or may not lead to vision changes.
Wet macular degeneration develops when new blood vessels appear within the macula, weakening its function. Vision loss can occur quickly with wet macular degeneration.

Macular degeneration is most often caused by aging but can also be caused by genetics, hypertension, high cholesterol, obesity, and smoking.

If you have noticed […]

Macular Holes

On occasion a patient can come into an eye doctors office very scared that one of their eyes has suddenly become distorted or blurred. This can happen when a macular hole develops. Macular holes occur when there is a break in the layers of the macular.  Our macular is the area in the back of our eyes that is responsible for our central detailed vision.

When our eyes age, the gel in our eyes, called the vitreous, pulls away from the macular and sometimes causes a hole to form.  Holes tend to form over the age of 60 and occur more in women.  The hole may be a partial hole, not very deep, or a full thickness hole which is much deeper. The worst case scenario is a full thickness hole.

When you come in for an eye exam with these symptoms, the doctor will perform a dilated exam and examine the whole retina. An OCT, optical coherence tomography, may be performed which shows the thickness of the macula and is a good tool to use in the diagnosis of the macular hole.  […]

Lattice Degeneration

What is Lattice Degeneration?

Lattice degeneration is a degenerative change in the peripheral retina. While this is not a common occurrence, it is seen in 6-8% of the population. During a dilated eye examination the eye doctor will use an indirect ophthalmoscope to examine the peripheral retina and look for changes that may predispose the patients to retinal problems that are undetected by patients. Lattice is typically asymptomatic but i soften a precursor to retinal hole formation and/or a retinal detachment. Lattice degeneration is a risk factor for retinal detachments especially in nearsighted eyes and in eyes that have previously had surgery. If a patient has lattice in one eye there is 50% chance that it will be in the other as well.

Lattice appears as a cigar shaped area of whitening and pigment clumping in the anterior peripheral retinal. The […]

Dr. Burgess Discusses Macular Degeneration Treatments in TV Interview

Dr. Burgess was recently invited to appear on channel 10 news here in South Florida where he discussed drug options used in macular degeneration treatments that can save money for patients. At this time there is no cure for macular degeneration however these drugs can delay progress of the disease and possibly offer some improvement.
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