Retinal Conditions

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Understanding the Retina

The retina is a specialized light- sensing tissue lining the back of our eyes. The retina’s light- sensing cells are divided into two types, rods and cones. Rods are sensitive to light/ dark amounts of light as well as movement, and cones detect color and fine detail.

Light rays are focused onto the retina through the cornea, pupil and lens. The retina then converts these light rays into impulses that travel to our brain, where they are interpreted as the images we see. The retina functions as the film inside a non- digital camera,though the retina is far more complex.A healthy, intact retina is needed for clear vision.

Due to the important role that the retina plays in sight, retinal damage and disease can cause serious vision problems and even blindness. As with many areas of health, preventing problems from occurring is easier and often more successful than solving these issues after they develop.

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The Vitreous

The vitreous fills much of the space in the center of the eye. It’s composed of 99% water and 1% collagen, The vitreous acts as a buffer to absorb trauma and cushion the delicate parts of the eye during eye movement and general body movement. The vitreous can also act as a conduit to deliver treatments for various diseases of the macula and retina. The vitreous is responsible for the formation of “floaters,”sometimes annoying particles that “float” in one’s sight.

The Macula

The macula is a special part of the retina which is responsible for much of our central and fine detailed vision. Disorders of the macula, such as macular degeneration, lead to difficulty reading and driving, for example.

Our retina specialists:

All of our retina specialists are board certified and have received additional medical training relating to both surgery and diseases of the vitreous and retina.

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What Are My Treatment Options in Atlanta?

If you are suffering from an ocular disorder, it’s important to locate treatment quickly. The retina specialists at Eye Consultants of Atlanta have the skills and experience to diagnose your condition and offer an appropriate treatment plan for your particular needs.