Leading Diabetic Retinopathy Specialists & Treatments
Many people are affected by conditions that can impair their vision and ability to perform daily routines. Retinal diseases and conditions such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal vein occlusion can result in severe and irreversible vision loss if not treated appropriately. The good news is that advanced treatments, combined with the expertise of leading retina specialists, can significantly improve the odds of either preventing your condition from worsening or regaining vision.
Do you suffer from vision problems or known diabetic retinopathy? Contact Mid Atlantic Retina today to arrange a consultation with one of our retina specialists.
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Why Mid Atlantic Retina?
Specialized Help for
Patients with Retinal
What is Diabetic Retinopathy?
Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes mellitus, a condition in which the blood sugar level is elevated because the body is unable to use and store sugar. This high sugar content can damage blood vessels in the retina over time and result in fluid leaking into the center of the retina (macular edema) or abnormal blood vessels that grow on the surface of the retina (neovascularization), which can bleed and cause scar tissue. This can lead to loss of central and possibly peripheral vision. The longer someone has diabetes mellitus, the more likely they will develop diabetic retinopathy. Symptoms of diabetic retinopathy include gradual, progressive blurring of vision; sudden, severe vision loss; floaters; or fluctuating vision.
How to Improve Diabetic Retinopathy
Your doctor can evaluate your condition through a variety of tests, including fundus photography, fluorescein angiography, optical coherence tomography, and ultrasonography. Treatments for diabetic retinopathy include injections, laser, and surgery. Medicines injected into the eye, such as anti-VEGF drugs and steroids, are commonly used to treat diabetic macular edema and some of the proliferative manifestations of the condition. Laser photocoagulation may significantly reduce the risk of moderate and severe vision loss in those with diabetic retinopathy. A surgical procedure called a vitrectomy is performed when there is bleeding or retinal traction causing vision loss in people with advanced diabetic retinopathy.
Our diagnostic testing includes autofluorescence, electroretinogram (ERG), fluorescein angiography, indocyanine green angiography, microperimetry, optical coherence tomography, optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA), and ultrasonography.
Treatment for Diseases of the Retina
We treat many diseases of the retina, including age-related macular degeneration (AMD), branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO), central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO), central serous chorioretinopathy (CSCR), cystoid macular edema (CME), diabetic retinopathy, macular holes, macular puckers, retinal artery occlusion, retinal tears, and retinal detachment.
We utilize time-tested and cutting-edge procedures for vision problems, including intravitreal injection (of Lucentis, Avastin, Eylea, Jetrea, Triesence, Ozurdex, and Iluvien), micro-incisional vitrectomy, scleral buckle surgery, pneumatic retinopexy, cryotherapy, retinal laser photocoagulation, and photodynamic therapy. We are also dedicated to clinical research and the development of new treatments, providing options for otherwise untreatable conditions.
The retina specialists at Mid Atlantic Retina are world-renowned and board-certified physicians regarded as leaders in vitreoretinal diseases by top ophthalmology and medical societies. Mid Atlantic Retina specialists have been recognized by Philadelphia Magazine Top Doctors, NJ Top Docs, Guide to America’s Top Ophthalmologists, and Best Doctors in America. All doctors are certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and are contributing members of prestigious organizations like the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Retina Specialists, the Retina Society, and the Macula Society. They conduct one of the premier retina fellowship programs in the country and have the clinical experience and accolades to deliver the best in care for retinal detachments.