To understand how the eye works, imagine a camera. Light enters through the cornea which is the clear outside cover that functions like the camera's lens. The amount of light coming in is controlled by the pupil, an opening that opens and closes a little like a camera shutter.
The light focuses on the retina, a series of light-sensitive cells lining the back of the eye. The retina is like the camera film, reacting to the incoming light and sending a record of it via the optic nerve to the brain. So retina condition can have a huge impact on your ability to see and perceive the world around you.
At the John-Kenyon Retina Center, we're proud to have Dr. Howard Lazarus, a leading national and regional retinal specialist, to treat patients with diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, retinal detachment and other retinal disorders. These complex issues require specialized treatment customized to meet each patients exact condition. Dr. Lazarus and his team treat each patient individually in order to find the best treatment to maintain or improve vision.
If you have diabetes, you are at an extra risk for a retina condition called diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness among working age adults. Anyone with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes can develop diabetic retinopathy, but those with Type 1 diabetes and those who have had diabetes for a long time are at greatest risk. Because diabetic retinopathy can develop with few or no symptoms, it is important that all adults with diabetes have an eye exam at least once a year. Treatment of diabetic retinopathy is highly effective and most vision loss can be prevented with proper treatment and follow-up care.
For more information on retina conditions, visit one of the links below or give us a call at (502) 895-2910 or 1.800.DIAL. EYE (1-800-342-5393).