Retinal Conditions Overview – Treatments in Brisbane, Booval, Aspley & Wynnum
The Eye Health Centre is home to qualified Brisbane retinal specialists who provide medical and surgical care for conditions affecting the retina, macula and vitreous. Our doctors are trained to perform exacting treatments on very delicate tissue using the most advanced technology available. Our goal is to promptly diagnose and treat disorders that threaten your vision and ocular health.
Our retinal/vitreous services include the following:
A macular hole is a type of damage affecting the macula, or the part of the retina responsible for central and detail vision. It is most often caused by a shrinkage of the vitreous, or the gel-like “filling” of the eye, which can tug at the macula and leave a hole or tear.
The symptoms and treatment for macular hole depend on the size or stage of the problem. Treatment may involve watchful waiting and monitoring of the hole, or repairing the damage with a surgery called vitrectomy.
Flashes and Floaters
Flashes and floaters are most common in individuals over the age of 50. They are also related to problems with the vitreous. As the vitreous undergoes age-related changes, clumps or strands of cells can float around in the gel, casting shadows that we perceive as objects floating around in our field of vision. The vitreous may also tug on the retina, sending electrical impulses to the brain that the brain interprets as flashing or flickering lights (“flashes”). Sometimes flashes are a warning sign of a retinal tear or hole.
A sudden onset of floaters or flashes could indicate a problem and should be evaluated by our retinal specialists to determine whether treatment is warranted.
Central Serous Chorioretinopathy
Central serous chorioretinopathy describes the buildup of fluid under the retina, which can lead to the formation of blisters that interfere with retinal function. In some cases, central serous chorioretinopathy resolves on its own. Other cases that do not clear up by themselves or that cause significant vision loss can be treated with oral medications, laser treatment or photodynamic therapy.
Retinal detachment describes the separation of the retina from its normal position along the back wall of the inner eye, disrupting the normal function of the retina. This can occur if the vitreous sticks to the retina and tugs or pulls it out of place. A detached retina is considered an emergency that requires immediate medical attention. Several surgical procedures can treat retinal detachment.
Retinal Vascular Disease
Retinal vascular disease refers to problems with the tiny blood vessels in the retina. When blood flow to or from the retina is compromised, it can lead to visual impairment and vision loss. Treatment for retinal vascular disease is tailored to the specific problem and its severity.
Diabetic Eye Disease
People with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing certain eye diseases, including diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, glaucoma and cataracts. The team at The Eye Health Centre encourages anyone with diabetes to stay on top of their ocular health with routine eye examinations. If a problem occurs, our doctors offer various treatment solutions.
Uveitis is an inflammation of the uvea, or the middle layer of eye tissue. The inflammation can cause symptoms such as red eyes, blurry vision, sensitivity to light or the perception of floaters. Treating uveitis depends on the root cause of the inflammation. Prompt treatment intervention is recommended to prevent lasting adverse visual effects.
If you are experiencing symptoms that suggest something is wrong with your retina, our doctors are here to help. Request a consultation with us by calling or emailing us today.