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About RETINAL disorders

Do you have questions about retinal disorders?

Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions about macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. If you think that you have may have macular degeneration or if your family history includes macular degeneration, OR if you are a diabetic and it has been a year or more since your last eye exam, call us!

Important!

  • A website can go only so far in answering your questions about glaucoma. Your eyes are unique and your vision is precious and should be evaluated by an eye care professional.
  • You should seek medical attention from an eye care professional if you are having troublesome eye symptoms.
What is MACULAR DEGENERATION?

Age-related macular degeneration (also called simply “macular degeneration” or “AMD”) affects the area of the retina called the macula. This small area is responsible for producing sharp, central vision required for “straight-ahead” activities such as driving, reading, recognizing faces, and performing close-up work.

While scientists are uncertain of its cause, AMD destroys cells in the area of the macula in two different forms, ‘dry’ and ‘wet.’ ‘Dry’ AMD can advance so slowly that people hardly notice it, or it can progress rapidly to the ‘wet’ type with vision loss in one or both eyes.

What is ‘DRY’ AMD?

Dry AMD is associated with the slow deterioration of retinal cells in the macula. It can occur in one eye only or both eyes at the same time. The presence of drusen, tiny yellow deposits in the retina, is one of the earliest signs of AMD. Drusen can block nutrition that is needed by the eye. Over time, the retinal tissue can waste away, causing spotty vision or even a moth-eaten appearance that leads to a progressive visual loss. Although the presence of drusen alone is not indicative of the disease, it may indicate that the eye is at risk for developing a more severe form of AMD.

What is ‘WET’ AMD?

Within the retina are layers of photoreceptors that are highly active and very sensitive. These photoreceptors require a lot of energy and a constant supply of nutrients. Anything that interferes with the flow of theses nutrients can cause the macula to malfunction. In ‘wet’ AMD, new blood vessels may form underneath the retina and cause the macula to malfunction. This can quickly destroy vision.

What are the SYMPTOMS of ‘WET’ AMD?

In the beginning stages, straight lines appear wavy and fine details fade. It becomes hard to focus on just one word and faces start to blur. People gradually lose the ability to read or drive and may progress to legal blindness. Wet AMD occurs in only 10% of all cases, but it is responsible for 90% of decreased vision resulting from AMD.

How common is wet AMD?

Every year, more than 500,000 people worldwide lose their sight because of the wet form of AMD. In the United States alone, more than 1.6 million people are affected. There are more than 200,000 new cases each year, and experts expect that number to rise significantly as the baby boom generation ages and overall life expectancy increases. Fortunately, new medications are available to treat the problem and prevent vision loss.

What new medications are used to treat wet AMD?

Lucentis® is FDA-approved as safe and effective in the treatment of wet macular degeneration. The more advanced type of the diseases is characterized by the growth of abnormal, fragile blood vessels in the retina.

Although it was not specifically developed for this purpose, Avastin®, too, has been known to produce good results when administered to treat wet AMD.

Your doctor may recommend monthly injections of either Lucentis or Avastin, both of which target a protein called “VEGF” that contributes to the growth of abnormal blood vessels.

Does Oregon Trail Eye Center have an AMD specialist?

Yes.

While Drs. Martin, Roussel, and Collier are all trained and experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of AMD, Dr. Judson Martin administers most of the Lucentis and Avastin injections, generally in our outpatient surgery center.

Why should a DIABETIC have an annual eye exam?

Yes.

While Drs. Martin, Roussel, and Collier are all trained and experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of AMD, Dr. Judson Martin administers most of the Lucentis and Avastin injections, generally in our outpatient surgery center.

How does DIABETIC RETINOPATHY affect vision?

The retina, the multiple layers of tissue located at the back of the eye, detects visual stimuli and transmits signals to the brain. When diabetes affects the eye’s blood vessels, they may develop leaks or contribute to the formation of scar tissue. These problems reduce the retina’s ability to detect and transmit images.

Is there more than one type of DIABETIC RETINOPATHY?

There are two main types of diabetic retinopathy: background (“BDR”) and proliferative (“PDR”). Treatment is available for both of these problems.

How is DIABETIC RETINOPATHY treated?

When the new blood vessels growing in the retina leak blood, a laser procedure may be used to painlessly destroy the new growth and seal the blood vessels.

Dr. Martin often performs this procedure.

About RETINAL disorders

Do you have questions about retinal disorders?

Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions about macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. If you think that you have may have macular degeneration or if your family history includes macular degeneration, OR if you are a diabetic and it has been a year or more since your last eye exam, call us!

Important!

  • A website can go only so far in answering your questions about glaucoma. Your eyes are unique and your vision is precious and should be evaluated by an eye care professional.
  • You should seek medical attention from an eye care professional if you are having troublesome eye symptoms.
What is MACULAR DEGENERATION?

Age-related macular degeneration (also called simply “macular degeneration” or “AMD”) affects the area of the retina called the macula. This small area is responsible for producing sharp, central vision required for “straight-ahead” activities such as driving, reading, recognizing faces, and performing close-up work.

While scientists are uncertain of its cause, AMD destroys cells in the area of the macula in two different forms, ‘dry’ and ‘wet.’ ‘Dry’ AMD can advance so slowly that people hardly notice it, or it can progress rapidly to the ‘wet’ type with vision loss in one or both eyes.

What is ‘DRY’ AMD?

Dry AMD is associated with the slow deterioration of retinal cells in the macula. It can occur in one eye only or both eyes at the same time. The presence of drusen, tiny yellow deposits in the retina, is one of the earliest signs of AMD. Drusen can block nutrition that is needed by the eye. Over time, the retinal tissue can waste away, causing spotty vision or even a moth-eaten appearance that leads to a progressive visual loss. Although the presence of drusen alone is not indicative of the disease, it may indicate that the eye is at risk for developing a more severe form of AMD.

What is ‘WET’ AMD?

Within the retina are layers of photoreceptors that are highly active and very sensitive. These photoreceptors require a lot of energy and a constant supply of nutrients. Anything that interferes with the flow of theses nutrients can cause the macula to malfunction. In ‘wet’ AMD, new blood vessels may form underneath the retina and cause the macula to malfunction. This can quickly destroy vision.

What are the SYMPTOMS of ‘WET’ AMD?

In the beginning stages, straight lines appear wavy and fine details fade. It becomes hard to focus on just one word and faces start to blur. People gradually lose the ability to read or drive and may progress to legal blindness. Wet AMD occurs in only 10% of all cases, but it is responsible for 90% of decreased vision resulting from AMD.

How common is wet AMD?

Every year, more than 500,000 people worldwide lose their sight because of the wet form of AMD. In the United States alone, more than 1.6 million people are affected. There are more than 200,000 new cases each year, and experts expect that number to rise significantly as the baby boom generation ages and overall life expectancy increases. Fortunately, new medications are available to treat the problem and prevent vision loss.

What new medications are used to treat wet AMD?

Lucentis® is FDA-approved as safe and effective in the treatment of wet macular degeneration. The more advanced type of the diseases is characterized by the growth of abnormal, fragile blood vessels in the retina.

Although it was not specifically developed for this purpose, Avastin®, too, has been known to produce good results when administered to treat wet AMD.

Your doctor may recommend monthly injections of either Lucentis or Avastin, both of which target a protein called “VEGF” that contributes to the growth of abnormal blood vessels.

Does Oregon Trail Eye Center have an AMD specialist?

Yes.

While Drs. Martin, Roussel, and Collier are all trained and experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of AMD, Dr. Judson Martin administers most of the Lucentis and Avastin injections, generally in our outpatient surgery center.

Why should a DIABETIC have an annual eye exam?

Yes.

While Drs. Martin, Roussel, and Collier are all trained and experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of AMD, Dr. Judson Martin administers most of the Lucentis and Avastin injections, generally in our outpatient surgery center.

How does DIABETIC RETINOPATHY affect vision?

The retina, the multiple layers of tissue located at the back of the eye, detects visual stimuli and transmits signals to the brain. When diabetes affects the eye’s blood vessels, they may develop leaks or contribute to the formation of scar tissue. These problems reduce the retina’s ability to detect and transmit images.

Is there more than one type of DIABETIC RETINOPATHY?

There are two main types of diabetic retinopathy: background (“BDR”) and proliferative (“PDR”). Treatment is available for both of these problems.

How is DIABETIC RETINOPATHY treated?

When the new blood vessels growing in the retina leak blood, a laser procedure may be used to painlessly destroy the new growth and seal the blood vessels.

Dr. Martin often performs this procedure.

Macular Degeneration: Overview

Macular Degeneration Overview

Macular Degeneration: Treatment Overview

Macular Degeneration Treatment Overview

Diabetic Retinopathy: Overview

Diabetic Retinopathy Overview

Diabetic Retinopathy: Treatment Overview

Diabetic Retinopathy Treatment Overview
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about cataracts

About Cataracts

about glaucoma

About Glaucoma

about the retina

About The Retina

about the cornea

About The Cornea

about oculoplastics

About Oculoplastics

Macular Degeneration: Overview

Macular Degeneration Overview

Macular Degeneration: Treatment Overview

Macular Degeneration Treatment Overview

Diabetic Retinopathy: Overview

Diabetic Retinopathy Overview

Diabetic Retinopathy: Treatment Overview

Diabetic Retinopathy Treatment Overview
Request an AppointmentOffice Photo TourContact Our Office

About RETINAL disorders

Do you have questions about retinal disorders?

Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions about macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. If you think that you have may have macular degeneration or if your family history includes macular degeneration, OR if you are a diabetic and it has been a year or more since your last eye exam, call us!

Important!

  • A website can go only so far in answering your questions about glaucoma. Your eyes are unique and your vision is precious and should be evaluated by an eye care professional.
  • You should seek medical attention from an eye care professional if you are having troublesome eye symptoms.
What is MACULAR DEGENERATION?

Age-related macular degeneration (also called simply “macular degeneration” or “AMD”) affects the area of the retina called the macula. This small area is responsible for producing sharp, central vision required for “straight-ahead” activities such as driving, reading, recognizing faces, and performing close-up work.

While scientists are uncertain of its cause, AMD destroys cells in the area of the macula in two different forms, ‘dry’ and ‘wet.’ ‘Dry’ AMD can advance so slowly that people hardly notice it, or it can progress rapidly to the ‘wet’ type with vision loss in one or both eyes.

What is ‘DRY’ AMD?

Dry AMD is associated with the slow deterioration of retinal cells in the macula. It can occur in one eye only or both eyes at the same time. The presence of drusen, tiny yellow deposits in the retina, is one of the earliest signs of AMD. Drusen can block nutrition that is needed by the eye. Over time, the retinal tissue can waste away, causing spotty vision or even a moth-eaten appearance that leads to a progressive visual loss. Although the presence of drusen alone is not indicative of the disease, it may indicate that the eye is at risk for developing a more severe form of AMD.

What is ‘WET’ AMD?

Within the retina are layers of photoreceptors that are highly active and very sensitive. These photoreceptors require a lot of energy and a constant supply of nutrients. Anything that interferes with the flow of theses nutrients can cause the macula to malfunction. In ‘wet’ AMD, new blood vessels may form underneath the retina and cause the macula to malfunction. This can quickly destroy vision.

What are the SYMPTOMS of ‘WET’ AMD?

In the beginning stages, straight lines appear wavy and fine details fade. It becomes hard to focus on just one word and faces start to blur. People gradually lose the ability to read or drive and may progress to legal blindness. Wet AMD occurs in only 10% of all cases, but it is responsible for 90% of decreased vision resulting from AMD.

How common is wet AMD?

Every year, more than 500,000 people worldwide lose their sight because of the wet form of AMD. In the United States alone, more than 1.6 million people are affected. There are more than 200,000 new cases each year, and experts expect that number to rise significantly as the baby boom generation ages and overall life expectancy increases. Fortunately, new medications are available to treat the problem and prevent vision loss.

What new medications are used to treat wet AMD?

Lucentis® is FDA-approved as safe and effective in the treatment of wet macular degeneration. The more advanced type of the diseases is characterized by the growth of abnormal, fragile blood vessels in the retina.

Although it was not specifically developed for this purpose, Avastin®, too, has been known to produce good results when administered to treat wet AMD.

Your doctor may recommend monthly injections of either Lucentis or Avastin, both of which target a protein called “VEGF” that contributes to the growth of abnormal blood vessels.

Does Oregon Trail Eye Center have an AMD specialist?

Yes.

While Drs. Martin, Roussel, and Collier are all trained and experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of AMD, Dr. Judson Martin administers most of the Lucentis and Avastin injections, generally in our outpatient surgery center.

Why should a DIABETIC have an annual eye exam?

Yes.

While Drs. Martin, Roussel, and Collier are all trained and experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of AMD, Dr. Judson Martin administers most of the Lucentis and Avastin injections, generally in our outpatient surgery center.

How does DIABETIC RETINOPATHY affect vision?

The retina, the multiple layers of tissue located at the back of the eye, detects visual stimuli and transmits signals to the brain. When diabetes affects the eye’s blood vessels, they may develop leaks or contribute to the formation of scar tissue. These problems reduce the retina’s ability to detect and transmit images.

Is there more than one type of DIABETIC RETINOPATHY?

There are two main types of diabetic retinopathy: background (“BDR”) and proliferative (“PDR”). Treatment is available for both of these problems.

How is DIABETIC RETINOPATHY treated?

When the new blood vessels growing in the retina leak blood, a laser procedure may be used to painlessly destroy the new growth and seal the blood vessels.

Dr. Martin often performs this procedure.

About RETINAL disorders

Do you have questions about retinal disorders?

Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions about macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. If you think that you have may have macular degeneration or if your family history includes macular degeneration, OR if you are a diabetic and it has been a year or more since your last eye exam, call us!

Important!

  • A website can go only so far in answering your questions about glaucoma. Your eyes are unique and your vision is precious and should be evaluated by an eye care professional.
  • You should seek medical attention from an eye care professional if you are having troublesome eye symptoms.
What is MACULAR DEGENERATION?

Age-related macular degeneration (also called simply “macular degeneration” or “AMD”) affects the area of the retina called the macula. This small area is responsible for producing sharp, central vision required for “straight-ahead” activities such as driving, reading, recognizing faces, and performing close-up work.

While scientists are uncertain of its cause, AMD destroys cells in the area of the macula in two different forms, ‘dry’ and ‘wet.’ ‘Dry’ AMD can advance so slowly that people hardly notice it, or it can progress rapidly to the ‘wet’ type with vision loss in one or both eyes.

What is ‘DRY’ AMD?

Dry AMD is associated with the slow deterioration of retinal cells in the macula. It can occur in one eye only or both eyes at the same time. The presence of drusen, tiny yellow deposits in the retina, is one of the earliest signs of AMD. Drusen can block nutrition that is needed by the eye. Over time, the retinal tissue can waste away, causing spotty vision or even a moth-eaten appearance that leads to a progressive visual loss. Although the presence of drusen alone is not indicative of the disease, it may indicate that the eye is at risk for developing a more severe form of AMD.

What is ‘WET’ AMD?

Within the retina are layers of photoreceptors that are highly active and very sensitive. These photoreceptors require a lot of energy and a constant supply of nutrients. Anything that interferes with the flow of theses nutrients can cause the macula to malfunction. In ‘wet’ AMD, new blood vessels may form underneath the retina and cause the macula to malfunction. This can quickly destroy vision.

What are the SYMPTOMS of ‘WET’ AMD?

In the beginning stages, straight lines appear wavy and fine details fade. It becomes hard to focus on just one word and faces start to blur. People gradually lose the ability to read or drive and may progress to legal blindness. Wet AMD occurs in only 10% of all cases, but it is responsible for 90% of decreased vision resulting from AMD.

How common is wet AMD?

Every year, more than 500,000 people worldwide lose their sight because of the wet form of AMD. In the United States alone, more than 1.6 million people are affected. There are more than 200,000 new cases each year, and experts expect that number to rise significantly as the baby boom generation ages and overall life expectancy increases. Fortunately, new medications are available to treat the problem and prevent vision loss.

What new medications are used to treat wet AMD?

Lucentis® is FDA-approved as safe and effective in the treatment of wet macular degeneration. The more advanced type of the diseases is characterized by the growth of abnormal, fragile blood vessels in the retina.

Although it was not specifically developed for this purpose, Avastin®, too, has been known to produce good results when administered to treat wet AMD.

Your doctor may recommend monthly injections of either Lucentis or Avastin, both of which target a protein called “VEGF” that contributes to the growth of abnormal blood vessels.

Does Oregon Trail Eye Center have an AMD specialist?

Yes.

While Drs. Martin, Roussel, and Collier are all trained and experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of AMD, Dr. Judson Martin administers most of the Lucentis and Avastin injections, generally in our outpatient surgery center.

Why should a DIABETIC have an annual eye exam?

Yes.

While Drs. Martin, Roussel, and Collier are all trained and experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of AMD, Dr. Judson Martin administers most of the Lucentis and Avastin injections, generally in our outpatient surgery center.

How does DIABETIC RETINOPATHY affect vision?

The retina, the multiple layers of tissue located at the back of the eye, detects visual stimuli and transmits signals to the brain. When diabetes affects the eye’s blood vessels, they may develop leaks or contribute to the formation of scar tissue. These problems reduce the retina’s ability to detect and transmit images.

Is there more than one type of DIABETIC RETINOPATHY?

There are two main types of diabetic retinopathy: background (“BDR”) and proliferative (“PDR”). Treatment is available for both of these problems.

How is DIABETIC RETINOPATHY treated?

When the new blood vessels growing in the retina leak blood, a laser procedure may be used to painlessly destroy the new growth and seal the blood vessels.

Dr. Martin often performs this procedure.

Macular Degeneration: Overview

Macular Degeneration Overview

Macular Degeneration: Treatment Overview

Macular Degeneration Treatment Overview

Diabetic Retinopathy: Overview

Diabetic Retinopathy Overview

Diabetic Retinopathy: Treatment Overview

Diabetic Retinopathy Treatment Overview
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