If you suffer from diabetes, it is extremely important to understand that this disease poses specific risks to your eyes. Diabetic retinopathy, characterized by bulges in the blood vessels lining the retina, can eventually lead to blindness, and is best treated when it is detected in its earliest stages. Dr. Lalin has undergone extensive training in the treatment of diabetic retinopathy, and uses advanced imaging technology to identify early signs of the condition.
One of the most common causes of vision loss in people over the age of 60 is advanced macular degeneration. This condition leads to the destruction of the central part of the retina. Dr. Lalin can identify early signs of the disease using advanced imaging technology and angiography, which highlights abnormal blood vessels that can damage cells in the macula.
Macular holes are small defects in the macula, or center of the retina. They can cause the complete loss of central vision, or significant blurring of central vision. It usually results from the natural aging process. It can also result from vitreous (the gel that fills the eye) pulling away from the retina. We provide specialized surgery that can correct macular holes and preserve your vision.
Blurry, cloudy, or distorted central vision are all symptoms that may indicate the development of central serous retinopathy. As fluid leaks, macular tissue may swell, resulting in a blind spot or partial loss of central vision. The condition has been linked to high levels of stress, it occurs most commonly in men, and can develop as early as age 20.
Trauma, inflammatory disorders of the eye, nearsightedness, diabetic retinopathy, and genetics can all increase a patient's risk of experiencing retinal detachment. Symptoms include a heavy feeling in the eye, a sudden increase in floaters, and flashes of light or a veil-like image in the peripheral vision. Retinal detachment should be treated as a medical emergency. Contact us immediately if you experience any of these symptoms.
Cystoid macular edema (CME) causes fluid accumulation in the macula, or central part of the retina. The condition is painless, but commonly causes blurred or decreased central vision, meaning sufferers may retain clear peripheral vision. CME most commonly occurs after cataracts surgery, but has also been linked to diabetes and other eye diseases. Treatment can range from anti-inflammatory drugs to laser therapy.