Holes and Tears in the Retina

The retina is a thin, transparent layer, less than a millimeter thick, which covers the eyeball from the inside. It is this tissue which gives us the ability to see, it may be compared to the film inside a camera. The retina allows us to perceive a picture and relay it to the brain. Rarely, holes or tears may form in this layer and these are liable to lead to a condition called retinal...

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Retinal Detachment

What is a retinal detachment? Retinal detachment is a condition in which the retina is no longer stretched over the inner wall of the eye. Since the retina is no longer in its place, one can say that it has “fallen” or “collapsed”. Retinal detachment is also referred to as a ‘detached retina’. The space that separates the retina from its underlying layer is filled with fluid. Since...

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Diabetic Retinopathy

When ophthalmolgists use the term: ‘Diabetic retinopathy’, what they mean is that the retina (the seeing portion of the eye) has been affected by diabetes. Diabetes is a relatively serious disorder which may jeopardize the health of many different organs in the body over the course of many years. It is worthwhile, perhaps, to take a moment and recall that until the advent of insulin...

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Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is a relatively common disease. Yet, the damage that it inflicts on one’s vision can, at times, be quite severe. This disease attacks eyes at a relatively older age, usually over the age of 60. Macular degeneration, also known as Age-related Macular degeneration (AMD), is the primary cause loss of reading vision in the western world today. This disease has the potential to...

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Amsler Grid

Amsler Grid

The Amsler grid is a quick and simple test that any patient can perform at home. Its purpose is to check the integrity of the central retina, known as the “macula”. The aim of this test is primarily to rule out the development of a disease known as Age-dependent Macular degeneration (AMD). This very simple (and low-tech) diagnostic test allows the patient to ascertain whether the macula is...

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