Shedding Light on the Power of CentraSight®

If you have been suffering from the effects of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), you know how troubling the condition can be. In addition to compromising your central vision, the condition is incurable and destined to get worse over time. At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Virginia – Woodbridge our team of skilled professionals is trained in the diagnosis and treatment of end-stage AMD and, using advanced technologies, we can help improve your eye vision and quality of life.

One of those technologies is CentraSight,® an FDA-approved medical telescope, about the size of a pea, which is implanted inside the eye to reduce the effects of the central vision blind spot caused by the disease. The telescope implant projects the objects that you’re trying to see onto the healthy area of the light-sensing retina that has not degenerated.

Are you a candidate?

In most cases, to be considered a potential candidate for the CentraSight telescope implant, you must:
• have irreversible, end-stage AMD
• are no longer a candidate for drug treatment of your AMD
• have not had cataract surgery in the eye in which the telescope will be implanted
• meet certain vision and cornea health requirements
• are at least 65 years of age

After a thorough examination and testing, we will discuss with you if you’re likely to benefit from the CentraSight treatment program. If so, our tests will indicate which eye should be treated and what your vision may be like after the telescope is inserted. Once the CentraSight device is implanted, we will usually recommend a visual training/rehabilitation program to help you acclimate yourself to the devise and your new vision abilities.

At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Virginia – Woodbridge, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate eye care. If you are experiencing symptoms of end-stage AMD, contact us immediately. For more information on our office and the many services that 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 – Virginia – Woodbridge, 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 – Virginia – Woodbridge, 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.