Retina Conditions | St George UT & Mesquite NV


When our physicians at Richens Eye Center consult with a patient complaining of decreased central vision, unfortunately it is often a result of damage to their retina. The retina is the thin layer of tissue that lines the back of the eye, filled with light-sensitive cells called rods and cones. These cells translate the image you see to neural impulses which are directed through the optic nerve to the brain, creating sight. When retina disease or retina damage occurs, oftentimes you lose your ability to see vibrant colors, details and central vision.

retina conditions st george ut

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with one of the retina conditions listed below, or are experiencing any signs of retina problems, contact us at (435) 986-2020 to schedule an appointment with one of our respected and experienced retinal specialists, Dr. Michael P. Teske or Dr. Rachael S. Jacoby.

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Retina Conditions Treated at Richens Eye Center

Richens Eye Center treats the following retina conditions:

  • Macular Degeneration
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Flashes and Floaters

Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness in Americans aged 65 and older. Macular degeneration, also referred to as AMD or age-related macular degeneration, is caused when damage or deterioration occurs to the macula, which is located in the center of the retina and is responsible for detailed, central vision. Though the disease is more common in people over 60, it’s possible to develop symptoms as young as age 40. Common symptoms include blurry vision and/or straight objects appearing wavy. Small blind spots may also appear in a person’s central vision.

AMD is a serious eye condition that can cause vision loss and even blindness. If you have been diagnosed with macular degeneration or have a family history of the disease, you should call us today at 435.986.2020 to set up your appointment with Dr. Michael P. Teske or Dr. Rachael S. Jacoby to prevent further vision loss and assist in slowing the progression of this disease.

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Retinal Detachment

When the retina detaches from the supportive tissue in the back of the eye, this is a very serious condition called a retinal detachment. And, if not treated immediately, can result in rapid and even permanent vision loss. Primarily this disease affects those in their 40’s and over, but retinal detachment can present itself in anyone who has suffered from eye disease, extreme myopia (nearsightedness), an eye injury or complications following eye surgery. Retinal detachment symptoms may include flashes of light, sudden floaters seeing spots or any decreased peripheral vision. Our ophthalmologists and specialized retinal surgeons can treat retinal detachment with results that can possibly save your eyesight.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Another one of the leading causes of blindness for adults in the U.S. is diabetic retinopathy, which is only increasing due to the spike in diabetes diagnosis. This is a complication of diabetes that occurs when there is damage to the blood vessels in the back of the eye. Diabetic retinopathy often shows no symptoms in the early stages, but vision loss can be treated and even blindness can be prevented with regular annual comprehensive eye exams. It’s very important for diabetics of all ages to pay attention to any changes in vision, maintain healthy blood sugar levels and see an ophthalmologist at least once a year. The ophthalmologists at Richens Eye Center consistently work with patients suffering from type 1 and type 2 diabetes in order to preserve sight and monitor the possibility of diabetic retinopathy.

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