Coping with the Challenges of Low Vision

Eyesight is something most of us take for granted – until something happens to compromise it. When low vision sets in, everyday tasks like reading, shopping, cooking, writing, and watching TV suddenly become harder to do. Low vision is a common affliction, primarily for those over the age of 65.

As providers of experienced and compassionate care, the team of professionals at Retina Group of Washington – Virginia – Woodbridge understand how frustrating your condition can be. We’ll work to diagnose any underlying eye disease that may be contributing to your condition, and help you meet the challenges that low vision presents — such as recognizing the faces of family and friends, doing housework, reading traffic signs, or seeing clearly even with the lights on.

Low vision is usually caused by such eye conditions as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataract, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, eye injuries and birth defects. Regardless of the cause, lost vision cannot be restored, but it can be managed with proper treatment and vision rehabilitation.

The sooner vision loss or eye disease is detected, the greater your chances of keeping your remaining vision. If conventional methods such as glasses, contact lenses, medications or surgery have not worked, we will often recommend vision rehabilitation. These services may include eye examinations, a low vision evaluation, training on how to use visual and adaptive devices, support groups, and training on how to perform everyday activities in new ways. Our goal is to help you maintain as independent and as good a quality of life as possible.

A trusted partner in care

At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Virginia – Woodbridge, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled care for a wide spectrum of eye disorders and conditions. For more information on our office and the many services we provide, give us a call today.

A Shot in the Eye that’s Actually Good for You

There are many conditions that can affect the retina, the part of the eye that allows us to take in the world around us. When the retina is compromised, so is vision. The good news is that some retinal disorders can be successfully treated with a procedure called an intravitreal injection.

At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Virginia – Woodbridge our team of skilled professionals will carefully evaluate your eye condition, listen to your concerns and treat you with the utmost care. After testing, we will be able to determine if you have a condition that can be treated with an intravitreal injection — a shot of medicine into the eye.

The inside of the eye is filled with a jelly-like fluid (vitreous). During the procedure, we will inject medicines such as steroids, antibiotics or antifungals into the vitreous, near the retina at the back of the eye. The injections are used to deliver a higher level of medicine to the retina and are commonly used to treat such eye conditions as age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal vein occlusion.

Intravitreal injections are performed in our office setting, where we’ll do our utmost to keep you comfortable and informed throughout the process. We’ll anesthetize the eye so the needle doesn’t hurt, and during the injection itself, you may feel some pressure but little or no pain. The entire process takes just a few minutes.

Your healthy vision is our top priority

You should always report any changes in your vision to your eye doctor especially if you experience any loss of vision or sudden changes. At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Virginia – Woodbridge, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled retinal eye care. For more information on our office and the many services we provide, give us a call today.

Eye Inflammation Can Affect Your Vision

When an area of the body becomes inflamed, it’s usually a sign that something is wrong. Inflammation that affects different parts of the eye is known a uveitis, a potentially serious condition that can affect vision and even lead to blindness.

At the offices of Retina Group of Washington – Virginia – Woodbridge, our skilled and compassionate eye specialists understand the distress eye conditions can cause and are well equipped to diagnose and treat ocular conditions such as uveitis, helping to restore healthy vision for our patients.

While uveitis typically affects the part of the eye called the uvea (the pigmented layer of the eye), it can also affect other parts including the lens, retina, optic nerve. The condition can affect people of all ages but usually, it affects adults between the ages of 20 and 60.

Uveitis is a condition that can vary in duration, affecting one or both eyes. Some people can suffer for days or weeks, others for months or even years. Symptoms include blurred vision, floating spots in the vision, eye pain, redness of the eye and sensitivity to light.

Treatment aims is to reduce the ocular inflammation with the use of eyedrops that contain a corticosteroid. If the eyedrops don’t help, a corticosteroid pill or injection may be the next step, and if the uveitis is caused by an infection, we may prescribe antibiotics, antiviral medications or other medicines to bring the infection under control.

We take pride in keeping an “eye” on you

At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Virginia – Woodbridge, our focus is on you and we are committed to providing the highest quality treatments for a wide range of eye conditions. For more information on our office and the many services we provide, give us a call today.

Laser Therapy Effectively Treats Some Eye Conditions

It literally allows you to see the light! The portion of the eye known as the retina plays a critical role in your ability to see, as it converts light into nerve signals that are then sent to the brain, giving you vision. Like all parts of the body, the retina is subject to disease. At the offices of Retina Group of Washington – Virginia – Woodbridge, our team of highly-skilled eye specialists is well equipped to diagnose and treat conditions of the retina, helping to restore healthy vision for our patients.

Retinal diseases vary widely, but most of them cause symptoms and can affect any part of the eye. They share some common signs and symptoms, such as seeing “floaters,” “cobwebs” or flashes of light in your field of vision, or having blurry, distorted or even or reduced vision. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to see prompt medical attention.

A non-invasive procedure known as laser photocoagulation is usually the first line of treatment for common retinal conditions, such as retinal tears, retinal detachments, and age-related macular degeneration (where the center of the retina begins to deteriorate). During this relatively painless procedure, we focus a laser over the affected area that emits a beam of light that travels through the eye. The heat works to seal the tear or destroy any abnormal blood cells.

Good eye health is our vision for you

The main goals of retinal treatment are to stop or slow disease progression and preserve, improve or restore your vision. 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.

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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.