What are retinal disorders?
The retina varies widely, but most of them cause visual symptoms. The retina contains millions of light-sensitive cells (rods and cones) and other nerve cells that receive and carry visual information. Your retina sends this information to your brain through your optic nerves, allowing you to see.
Treatment is available for some diseases of the retina. Depending on your condition, the goals of treatment may be to stop or delay the disease and to preserve, improve, or restore your vision. If left untreated, some retinal diseases can lead to severe vision loss or blindness.
Symptoms of retinal disorders
Many diseases of the retina share some common signs and symptoms. These may include:
- Looking at floating spots or cobwebs
- Blurry or distorted focus (straight lines with rings appear)
- Side vision errors
- Lost sight
To observe these you have to try to see only with each eye.
Types of retinal disorders
Common diseases and conditions of the retina:
Retinal tear. The clear, gel-like substance (tissue) in the center of the eye contracts over a thin layer of tissue and covers the back of the eye (retina) with enough traction to break down into the tissue. This is often accompanied by the sudden arrival of features like floats and flashing lights.
The detachment of the retinal: Is the presence of fluid under the retina. This usually occurs when fluid passes through the retinal tear, causing the retina to move away from the underlying tissue layers.
Diabetic retinopathy: If you have diabetes, the small blood vessels (capillaries) at the back of the eye can narrow and leak fluid into and under the retina. It causes inflammation of the retina, which can cloud or distort your vision. Or you can develop new abnormal capillaries that break and bleed. This will make your vision worse.
Epithelial membrane: The epithelial membrane is a scar or soft tissue-like membrane that resembles cellulose found in the retina. This layer pulls on the retina, distorting your vision. Objects appear blurry or crooked.
Macular hole: The macular hole is a small defect (macula) in the center of the retina at the back of the eye. This can develop from abnormal traction between the retina and the vitreous, or it may follow an injury to the eye.
Macular degeneration In macular: Degeneration, the center of the retina begins to decline. This can lead to symptoms such as blurred central vision or a blind spot in the middle of the field of vision. Most people have a dry form at first, reaching a moist appearance in one or both eyes.
Retinitis pigmentosa: Retinitis pigmentosa is a hereditary degenerative disease. It slowly affects the retina and causes loss of day and night vision.
Risk factors of retinal disorders
Risk factors for the retinal disorder can include:
- Of smoking
- Ob being outstanding
- Have diabetes or other illnesses.
- Eye wound
- Family history of retinal diseases.
Maintain the health of the retina for better vision
Retinal detachment is one of the leading causes of blindness and early detection is a game-changer.
Here’s how to stay focused:
- Find out your risk factors, which may include age, family history, or pre-existing health conditions.
- Pay attention to visual changes and experience symptoms such as blurred or distorted vision, see an ophthalmologist immediately if there are straight lines with rings or if you see dark spots, light, or floaters.
- Get a dilated retinal exam regularly.
- See a retina specialist for specialized care for diseases or conditions of the retina.
When to see a doctor
It is important to pay attention to any changes in your vision and seek care quickly. Seek medical attention immediately if you suddenly have floaters, lights, or loss of vision. These are warning signs of serious retinal disease.