The retina is a sensory layer at the back of the eye. It is analogous to the “film” inside a camera; it captures light and sends signals to our brain, thus allowing us to see. It is a delicate neural tissue that is vital for our vision.
Many conditions can affect the retina. Most common are diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. Fortunately, there are treatment options available for conditions affecting the retina; retinal laser and intravitreal injections. At ESNO, your consultant will go through these options with you if they apply to your eye condition.
The retinal laser is known as photocoagulation. It can be used in the treatment of a variety of conditions, most commonly diabetic retinopathy. In addition, it can be performed on an urgent basis for retinal tears.
Intravitreal injection is a safe and common procedure used worldwide to treat a variety of retinal conditions, notably “wet” or exudative macular degeneration.