Vision loss in retinal diseases is variable. Depending on the condition, treatment may be medical or surgical in nature, with the goal of stopping or slowing the progression of the disease and preserving, improving or restoring vision.
At Mann Eye Institute, we are proud to provide world-class retina care. No matter the retina issue you are facing, we have trained retina experts who can guide you through treatment and recovery.
Our advanced treatments include:
Anti-Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (Anti-VEGF)
This common treatment is a medical injection that serves two important functions. It shrinks abnormal blood vessels in the retina and also decreases retinal swelling.
Anti-VEGF treatment is commonly used for diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusions and the wet form of macular degeneration.
Focal or Grid Laser
Laser surgery is used to seal a blood vessel that is leaking or to stimulate the cells under the retina to absorb the leaked fluid. In some cases, more than one treatment is needed. These treatments are most commonly used for patients dealing with diabetic retinopathy.
Panretinal Photocoagulation (PRP) Laser
By using a laser to make tiny burns in the peripheral retina, we reduce the signals for the growth of the abnormal blood vessels and cause these vessels to shrink.
We sometimes recommend this treatment for more severe cases of proliferative diabetic retinopathy. In some cases, more than one treatment is needed.
Vitrectomy is a surgical procedure that is used to treat a range of eye conditions including vitreous hemorrhage (blood in the eye), epiretinal membranes, macular holes or retinal detachments. Your surgeon will create three small incisions in the white part of the eye in order to gain access to the back of the eye and the retina. The surgery is performed under the microscope while looking through the cornea (the clear part in the front of the eye).
Vitrectomy is an outpatient procedure and is most commonly performed using local anesthesia with IV sedation.
This is a laser treatment performed in the clinic for retinal tears or holes. The laser creates tiny scars around the torn area of the retina in order to securely join the retina to the eye wall. This treatment decreases the chance of fluid entering through the tear.
In select cases, a retinal detachment can be repaired in the office with a pneumatic retinopexy. This procedure involved placing a gas bubble in the eye and repairing the retinal tear with laser or cryotherapy.
Scleral buckling is a surgical procedure used to repair a detached retina. It can be performed in conjunction with a vitrectomy or as a stand-alone procedure. With this procedure, your surgeon will attach a tiny piece of silicone onto the sclera, which is the white part of the eye. The buckle is designed to repair retinal detachments by pushing the sclera toward the retinal tear or break.
Depending on the severity and type of retinal condition you are dealing with, treatment can range from office-based procedures to surgical solutions. Your Mann Eye retina specialist will help you determine which treatment is best for your unique situation.