This unique combination of eye specialties allows Washington Eye Specialists, LLC to offer a diverse range of specialty eye care in one location.
The retina is often referred to as the “back of the eye,” but really it is the tissue which lines the inside of the eye. A retina specialist evaluates and treats diseases of the retina such as;
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- Macular Degeneration
- Macular Pucker
- Macular Holes
- Retinal Detachment
- Retinal Tears
- Retinal Vascular Occlusions
Diabetic Retinopathy | Macular Degeneration
Diabetic retinopathy is the eye disease which develops in almost all patients with diabetes. Like glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of preventable blindness. Loss of vision can be reduced or prevented with early detection and timely treatment. Every patient with diabetes should be examined routinely regardless of how excellent the vision may be. Dr. Gancayco would like to diagnose and treat your retinopathy, if needed, while you still have perfect vision.
Macular degeneration is a common progressive loss of central vision. The disease is more prevalent as we age. There are two types: dry and wet. Most patients who have macular degeneration have the dry form which causes mild to moderate loss of central vision which slowly progresses. At this time, there is no treatment for dry macular degeneration.
Wet macular degeneration often involves more rapid loss of vision. It, too, involves your central vision. Patients can notice persistent and progressive loss of vision including distortion. Prompt attention is necessary to maximize your visual prognosis. Treatment for wet macular degeneration can involve eye injections.
Macular Pucker | Macular Holes
Macular pucker is a common cause of decreased vision and distortion. This disorder is also known as an epiretinal membrane (ERM) or cellophane maculopathy. This usually occurs in healthy eyes. Vitrectomy to remove the tissue off the surface of the retina can be highly successful in preventing further vision loss and can also lead to improvement.
Macular holes occur more often in women than men. As with any disease of the macula, patients complain of decreased central vision with/without distortion. Repair of the macular hole requires vitrectomy surgery with possible use of intraocular gas following the operation. Surgery is highly successful in “closing” or repairing the macular hole.
Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tears
Retinal detachments are potentially blinding and may require emergency surgery. Most retinal detachments are preceded by warnings of flashes and floaters followed by loss of vision starting on the side and moving toward the center. Alert your eye specialist if you develop new flashes of light, floaters or loss of vision.
Retinal tears can develop into a retinal detachment. Most retinal detachments are caused by a tear in the retina. The most common symptoms of a possible retinal tear are new flashes or floaters. If detected before a retinal detachment forms, laser treatment is usually highly successful. Our goal is to identify and treat a retinal tear before it develops into a retinal detachment.
Retinal Vascular Occlusions
Retinal vascular occlusions can lead to sudden loss of all or part of your vision. There are four types of vascular occlusions;
- Central Retinal Vein Occlusion (CRVO)
- Central Retinal Artery Occlusion (CRAO)
- Branch Retinal Vein Occlusion (BRVO)
- Branch Retinal Artery Occlusion (BRAO)
Retinal vascular occlusions vary in the degree of loss of vision. In many situations, coordination with your primary care doctor is essential as certain vascular occlusions may be associated with systemic disease.