This is indicated for patients with macular edema due to branch vein occlusion, diabetes, or certain cases of Polypoidal Choroidal Vasculopathy, or retinal tears. It may also be used for Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy.
Diabetes can adversely affect the eye, depending on the duration of disease. Diabetes may cause narrowing of the blood vessels, which may cause ischemia, or lack of blood supply to the eye.
This is usually heralded by the sudden onset of blurred vision, which can be total, in case of Central Vein Occlusion, or partial ( in case of branch vein occlusion).
This is a condition where the part of the retina we use to read is damaged by abnormal blood vessels or death of the Retinal Pigment Epithelium (RPE), the cells which keep the macula healthy.
This is used for simple detachments, with tears located superiorly, and not more than 1-2 clock hours in size. Pictures courtesy of AAO.
This involves placing a band of silicone around the eye to seal retinal tears.
Pars Plana Vitrectomy is done using a special high speed cutter
This is a short procedure involving placing a tiny amount of drug, containing antibodies inside the vitreous cavity. Numbing drops are placed in your eyes. Antiseptic drops are also given to disinfect the eye.
Retinal Detachment is a condition where there is separation of the layers of the retina, usually due to a tear, or membranes caused by diabetes, vein occlusions or inflammatory conditions (uveitis).
Options are now available for treatment of Central Serous Retinopathy and Diabetic Macular Edema.
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