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At Midland Eye we treat a number of common retinal conditions. These can include:
Floaters are opacities that move about within the jelly of your eye (the vitreous gel). You can see them moving about in your field of vision. They may range from fine, cobweb-like shadows in your vision to small specks or large “blobs” moving about across your sight.
Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is an eye disorder in which the central retina, the macula, becomes damaged leading to reduction in central vision. AMD is the most common cause of serious loss of vision in Europe and the USA.
It affects the central (detail) vision, but normally leaves the outer (peripheral) vision unaffected. It is classified into two types: DRY which is much more common; or WET which occurs in 10-15% of cases, but is associated with more rapid and more marked visual loss.
Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes, and causes damage to the blood vessels in the retina (retina is the tissue lining the back of the eye that detects light and allows us to see like the film in a camera).
The retina is a thin membrane that forms the light-sensitive layer at the back of the eye. Sometimes holes or tears form in the retina, often because of pulling on the retina by the vitreous (the jelly of the eye). Once a hole or tear has formed, fluid from the vitreous can seep behind the retina, and the retina then gradually separates from the eye wall.
As this happens there is a corresponding loss of vision, and if it goes untreated many patients lose most or all their sight. Patients with retinal detachment require prompt surgery to prevent further visual loss, and to regain part or all of their lost vision