The human eye is a miraculous instrument that is made up of many delicate and complex structures that interact to bring the images that are coming into the eye into sharp focus to be sent to the brain. Any abnormality in any one of the eye’s parts can reduce vision or even cause a complete loss of vision. When this happens seeing a specialist in the care for the eyes and diagnosing any changes or diseases in the eye’s structures, such as the doctors at the Retina Group of Washington is the best course of action to take. For instance, a retina exam in Ashburn allows our doctors to detect and then treat any diseases that affect the retina or neighboring tissues such as the macula that are crucial to good vision.
Among the disorders that can affect the retina and the surrounding structures include diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, retinal detachment or retinal vein occlusion. The unfortunate thing is that many of these eye diseases often exhibit no symptoms until they have reached advanced stages with irreparable vision damage. Only a retina exam in Ashburn is the reliable way to detect the early presence and development of these conditions. During a retina exam our doctor will dilate the eyes and use a special magnifier to look for signs of these conditions. If there is an indication that the disease is present our doctor may do other tests including a fluorescein angiogram, which uses an injected dye in the blood system to look for leaks in the blood vessels of the retina. Another test often used during a retina exam is an ocular coherence tomography, which uses a device similar to an ultrasound to non-invasively check for diabetic macular edema.
A retina exam in Ashburn is not only the best way to detect diseases affecting the retina the tests involved can also pinpoint which stage the disease is in, which is crucial information to prescribe the best treatment option. Depending on the degree of advancement of the specific disease detected our doctors can treat the condition with medication, or using lasers to stop the leakages. Don’t take your vision for granted and assume that just because you are having no current symptoms there is nothing potentially serious developing in your eyes, call our office for an appointment.