The Aging Eye & Conditions Affecting the Retina
What is the Retina?
The retina is a layer at the back of the eyeball containing cells that are sensitive to light and that trigger nerve impulses that pass via the optic nerve to the brain, where a visual image is formed.
The retina in the back of the eye is made up of several layers -- those most toward the back of the eye contain the rods and cones which are responsible of our black and white and color vision respectively. Additional layers contain Horizontal, Bipolar, Amacrine and Ganglion cells that combine the impulses of the individual rods and cones before they travel along the optic nerve fibers to the brain.
What is a retina specialist?
A retina specialist is a medical doctor trained as an ophthalmologist, who has received additional fellowship training in diseases and surgery of the vitreous and retina. As mentioned previously, the retina is a very sensitive part of the eye that requires special attention when in danger. Damage to your retina can cause blindness. Much of the treatment work done by our retina specialists involves: macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease, retinal detachments, uveitis, and flashes or floaters. Our highly skilled Dallas retina eye doctors hope you find this information useful when choosing an appropriate retina eye doctor. Please feel free to navigate the pages in our retina section that discuss diseases and matters of the aging eye.
Diseases Affecting the Retina