What Is The Retina?
The retina is a thin layer of tissue that lines the back of the eye and is located by the optic nerve. Photoreceptor cells are light-sensitive cells that detect light and color. The retina processes light through these photoreceptor cells, where the information is sent through the optic nerve to the brain for recognition. The retina is vital to vision, which is why damage to the retina can lead to permanent blindness.
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Types of Retina Diseases
- Retinal Detachment
- Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) / Macular Degeneration
- Diabetic Retinopathy (Diabetic Eye Disease)
- Floaters & Flashers
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The retina can be considered an extension of the brain, since it plays a key role in visual recognition. If the retinal tissue becomes damaged, it cannot be repaired. Retinal detachment, AMD, and diabetic retinopathy can all lead to permanent vision loss or total blindness if not diagnosed in a timely manner. Many of these diseases have no early warning signs, so a yearly eye exam is vital in preserving vision. Our Alexandria and Monroe retina specialists use the most advanced technologies to examine the retina and optic nerve, where they determine if any signs of these diseases are present.
If it has been more than one year since your last eye exam, call the retina specialists at Louisiana Eye & Laser or request an appointment today.