If you have a chronic disease like hypertension or diabetes, one of the many possible complications is retinal vascular disease. While retinal vascular disease can severely impair or eliminate your vision, Neel Lamba, MD, can diagnose and treat you quickly to restore it at his private ophthalmology practice in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. Call the office for an evaluation.
Retinal vascular disease affects your retina, which is the layer of tissue in the back of your eye that interprets light signals and sends them to your brain. Your retina is covered in rods, which help you see in low light, and cones, which help you see in brighter settings. Cones are also responsible for your ability to see color.
Retinal vascular disease affects blood flow to and from your retina. Just like other tissues throughout your body, your retina needs an adequate, oxygen-rich blood supply to perform its function of helping you see. There are many different types of retinal vascular disease, with various causes and risk factors. A few of the most common are:
Dr. Lamba examines your retina closely to ensure an accurate diagnosis before working with you closely throughout your treatment.
Retinal vascular disease of any kind can cause vision disruptions that either develop slowly over time or seem to appear suddenly. Depending on your specific type of retinal vascular disease or the cause, blood vessels within your retina might be blocked, leaking, or ruptured.
You should book an appointment with Dr. Lamba if you experience:
These symptoms usually affect just one side. If you lose some or all of your vision suddenly, prompt treatment may be able to restore your vision to its original quality.
Dr. Lamba offers the newest treatments for retinal vascular disease. He discusses your symptoms with you in order to understand the disease, how it affects you, and how he can treat it.
Treatments for retinal vascular disease generally focus on disrupting blockages within the vessels in your retina or managing leakage or hemorrhaging in your retina. Depending on the type and severity of the retinal vascular disease, Dr. Lamba might recommend:
Laser photocoagulation treats swelling of the macula, which is located in the center of your retina. It can restore your retinal health and prevent or stop bleeding using a powerful laser light.
Anti-VEGF injections like Lucentis® and Eylea®, or intraocular steroid injections, can reduce swelling in your macula from retinal vascular disease. You might need repeated injections to fully recover or preserve your vision.
Vitrectomy surgery may be necessary if there is hemorrhaging in your eye. Dr. Lamba accesses the inside of your eye to clear the hemorrhage and may use intraoral medications or laser photocoagulation to repair the retina.
Often, the best way to manage retinal vascular disease is to address the underlying cause. For example, if you have diabetic retinopathy, managing your diabetes with healthy habits, insulin, or other medications can make a big difference for your vision in the long term.
If you lose vision or it becomes blurry suddenly, call Neel Lamba, MD for a retinal vascular disease evaluation today.