Most eye diseases are completely asymptomatic (show no noticeable symptoms) in their early stages when they are most easily treated (including glaucoma and retinopathies). Early detection, therefore, is an important part of eye care. It is imperative that patients, especially those at increased risk, receive routine screening by medical and surgical specialists trained in dealing with these disorders.
Our team of retina surgeons in Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff use the best imaging system in the world for retinal and macular diseases. Heidelberg high-definition imaging systems are available at most of our locations allowing for superior imaging and diagnosis of disease processes related to macular degeneration, diabetes, macular pucker, and inflammatory conditions of the retina and choroid. High-resolution video imaging angiography and 3D macular images can resolve details in the retina as small as a few microns – smaller than the width of a single red blood cell.
More patients trust their eyes to our retina surgeons for their retinal surgery needs than to any other practice in the state.
As we age, the macula can begin to deteriorate and affect our vision. The macula itself is located at the center of the retina and is responsible for detailed vision. Age-related macular degeneration can be categorized as Wet or Dry Macular Degeneration. This classifies both the type and how best to treat the disease.
The retina has small blood vessels that can be damaged by chronically high blood sugar levels or high blood pressure. Diabetic Retinopathy occurs when these vessels start to leak, or hemorrhage, distorting one’s vision. Diabetic Retinopathy is one of the most common diabetic eye diseases and causes of adult-onset blindness.
Often, the abnormal blood vessels that develop in PDR are associated with inflammation and scar tissue that can create traction on the delicate retinal surface. This traction may deform or even detach areas of the retina. Traction (with or without tears in the retinal tissue) can create complex retinal detachments that can lead to blindness. Vitrectomy surgery is often required for traction and retinal detachments associated with proliferative diabetic retinopathy.