Do you need to see a retina specialist?
A retina specialist treats diseases of the retina and vitreous. Additional training is required to become a retina specialist. While not everyone needs the services of a retina specialist, you might if you have:
Diseases of the Retina
There are two common diseases which principally affect the retina: macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.
Both of these diseases are limited to the retina and are leading causes of new blindness. In other words, these patients can cause blindness in patients who had normal vision. Patients with diabetes need to be seen at least once a year.
Macular degeneration, once diagnosed, needs to be followed for expected changes in vision.
Changes in Vision
The macula is the functional center of the retina. This tiny 2 x 2 mm area of the retina provides us with 20/20 vision, best color perception and our central vision. When we “stare” at an object, we are trying to maximize our central vision.
There are many diseases of the retina which affect the retina.
Macular degeneration, epiretinal membrane/macular pucker, macular edema or retinal detachment can all alter the macula and translate to profound changes in central vision, such as blurriness, distortion or blind spots.
Vincent Sardi, M.D. - Retina Specialist
Dr. Sardi is a board certified ophthalmologist and a fellowship trained retina specialist. He treats and operates on patients with diseases of the retina and vitreous. He offers consultations at our Sunset Road office. Retinal surgery is performed at our surgical center as well.
We look forward to seeing you. If you have questions or want to make an appointment, please give us a call.