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Are You At Risk for Retinal Detachment?

Tue, 08/01/2017

Retinal detachment occurs when the layer of tissue that sends visual messages through the optic nerve comes loose from its normal position, and can lead to complete vision loss if not treated promptly. Symptoms of retinal detachment include:symptoms of retina detachment san diego

  • A sudden or gradual increase in "floaters," those small specks that periodically cross your field of vision
  • Flashing lights when you move your eyes
  • A dark curtain over your field of vision

If you experience either of these symptoms, seek medical help from our San Diego retina specialists immediately. It's vital to treat retinal detachment as soon as possible for the best chance of restoring your vision.

Risk Factors of Retinal Detachment

Retinal detachment is more common in people aged 40 and over, although it can occur at any age. Some of the main risk factors include:

  • Diabetic retinopathy: This condition occurs when blood vessels in the eye are damaged by excessive blood sugar. These damaged blood vessels can create scar tissue which can pull the retina loose from the eye.
  • Severe myopia: If you are severely nearsighted, your chances of retinal detachment are around 4x higher than those with normal vision.
  • Family history: If you have a history of retinal detachment in your family, you are more likely to experience it.
  • Other eye disease: If you suffer from other types of eye disease, such as uveitis or lattice degeneration, you are at further risk for retinal detachment.
  • Eye injury or surgery: If you suffer an eye injury or need to undergo eye surgery, this increases your risk of retinal detachment.

If caught early enough, the retina can often be repaired and vision saved. This is why it's so important to see a retina specialist immediately if you experience symptoms. In addition, regular eye exams (especially if you are over 40) are key to early detection of many eye conditions, including retinal detachment.

Schedule an Appointment with a Retina Specialist

If you are experiencing symptoms of retinal detachment in San Diego, don't hesitate to contact California Retina Associates. The sooner you get diagnosed and treated, the better chance you have of keeping your vision.

Call our Chula Vista office at 619-425-7755 or our El Centro office at 760-352-7755 to make your appointment. We serve patients in San Diego, Chula Vista, El Centro, and nearby areas of Southern California. 

How Can a Retina Surgeon Help with Your Glaucoma?

Thu, 06/08/2017

Glaucoma is a serious eye condition that, if left untreated, may eventually lead to blindness. Therefore, it's vital to get your eyes checked regularly so that any early symptoms can be caught. Glaucoma is irreversible, but when caught early enough can be effectively treated and vision can be saved. Our retina surgeons are highly skilled and able to detect and treat glaucoma at all stages.

What Is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is an eye disease most common in people over 40 years old, although people of any age can develop it. It involves pressure on the eye that eventually leads to damage of the optic nerve. There are many types of glaucoma, but they all involve fluid buildup in the eye that causes pressure, which in turn damages the optic nerve.

While anyone can develop glaucoma, people at high risk for it include:

  • People over 40
  • Diabetics
  • Family history of glaucoma
  • African or Hispanic heritage

How to Treat Glaucoma

When caught early enough, glaucoma can often be treated effectively with special medicated eyedrops. These glaucoma eyedrops work in various ways, from relaxing the inner eye muscles to helping reduce fluid production or increase fluid outflow. Our eye doctors will prescribe the best type for you, and explain how to use them correctly.

While eyedrops are the first line of defense against glaucoma, in some cases, surgery is necessary. There are a variety of glaucoma surgeries, including laser surgery and traditional surgery. Generally, surgery for glaucoma is done one eye at a time. Our expert retina surgeons will work with you to determine the best treatment plan for your glaucoma.

Even if it is determined that you need surgery, you will very likely still need to use eyedrops afterwards. Glaucoma unfortunately cannot be completely cured, but regular use of medication can help slow its progression significantly.

Contact a Retina Surgeon Today

If you have glaucoma or think you may be at risk for it, don't hesitate to contact our skilled retina surgeons at California Retina Associates in Chula Vista and El Centro. Call us today at 619-425-7755 (Chula Vista) or 760-352-7755 (El Centro) to schedule your eye exam or discuss glaucoma treatment options. 

What is a Retina Surgeon?

Thu, 05/11/2017

San Diego Retina SurgeonAt California Retina Associates, our experienced doctors have a track record of providing high-quality eye care to residents of the San Diego area. Our retina surgeons can address a wide range of vision problems using safe, proven procedures.

If you're trying to learn more about our office or about your options, you might have a few basic questions. One of them serves as the title to this post. What is a retina surgeon? What does a retina surgeon do?

These are good questions. Let's start by talking a bit about your retina. The retina is simply a layer of light-sensitive cells at the back of your eye. Light strikes the retina, and your retina, in turn, converts that light into neural signals and sends them to your brain.

A retina surgeon specializes in performing surgical procedures that target conditions affecting the retina. These conditions include:

Becoming a retina surgeon requires hard work and years of specialized experience. This includes completing medical school, an internship and specialized residencies and fellowships. This means you can trust in the experience and training of our doctors.

Retina surgery is exceptionally sensitive and complicated work. Fortunately, our retina surgeons have a proven track record of doing great work for our patients.

If you live in or around San Diego, California and you want a retina surgeon you can trust, please call California Retina Associates today at 619-425-7755.

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

Tue, 01/03/2017

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month. Sponsored by the Glaucoma Research Foundation, a national nonprofit dedicated to finding a cure for glaucoma, the purpose behind this campaign is to increase awareness of glaucoma and inspire at-risk groups to get vision saving eye exams before it’s too late. If you are over the age of 60, you are at risk for developing glaucoma. Routine eye exams are the most effective way to detect glaucoma before problems begin – and to start a treatment program before vision is lost. Please call our San Diego retina specialists at (760) 352-7755 to learn more.

Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness in the United States. More than 3 million people in the US currently have glaucoma and the National Institutes of Health projects this number will increase 58% by 2030, impacting more than 4 million Americans at that time. Sadly, symptoms of glaucoma may be absent prior to vision loss, and it is estimated that as many as ½ of the men and women at risk for complete vision loss from glaucoma are unaware that they have the condition. This is made sadder still by the fact that routine eye exams can detect glaucoma moths or even years before it becomes a problem and, once detected, glaucoma can be treated and controlled to prevent future vision problems. When allowed to progress however, any vision loss will be permanent.

Our San Diego retina specialists strongly encourage you to visit your optometrist yearly after the age of 60 and to make additional visits if your vision begins to change. Swift detection allows for prompt treatment, both of which are essential for clear vision as you grow older.

If you have been diagnosed with glaucoma in San Diego, please contact California Retina Associates to schedule a treatment consultation right away. We have two regional offices to better meet the needs of women and men living throughout the San Diego metropolitan area.

Financing Your Eye Surgery

Thu, 12/08/2016

Vision insurance plans will often cover most – if not all – of the cost of eye surgery. Of course, different plans cover different expenses and it is always a good idea to check with your plan administrator before scheduling a surgical procedure. If you could benefit most from a procedure not fully covered by your plan, the San Diego retina specialists at our offices can discuss other payment options that will allow you to receive treatment without breaking the bank. To discuss your options right away, call our Chula Vista office at (619) 425-7755 or our El Centro office at (760) 352-7755. Our helpful staff will be happy to provide you with the information you need to begin planning your treatment.

Flexible Spending Accounts

Call our San Diego retina specialists at (760) 352-7755 to learn about financing options for your vision correction treatment.One of the most popular options for financing eye surgery is the flexible spending account. If you have an FSA or HSA, your benefits will expire at the end of the year, taking all of the money you have put towards uncovered medical expenses with it. To avoid this loss, scheduling your procedure now is absolutely your best option. Please use our online contact form or call one of our San Diego area offices to schedule a consultation right away.

Flexible spending accounts can typically be used to cover the cost of treatments for:

  • Glaucoma
  • Retinal detachment
  • Diabetic eye disease
  • Vascular occlusion

FSAs and HSAs may cover laser treatments, traditional surgical options, and even medications for a number of eye diseases. Check with your plan administrator to make sure your chosen procedure will be covered, then let us provide you with the most effective treatments for your specific retinal disorder. We can even provide a range of treatment options in cases where one particular procedure is more easily covered by your FSA or HSA.

Other Payment Options

At California Retina Associates, we strive to make our procedures and treatments available to as many people as possible. To accomplish this, we accept a range of payment methods. In addition to cash, most major credit cards, insurance, and FSA and HSA plans, we may be able to offer different financing options and payment plans for retina surgery. During your initial consultation we can discuss all of your payment options to help ensure you are provided the treatment you need to preserve and protect your eyes.

If you are experiencing any changes in visual quality or if you are in need of a surgical procedure to protect your vision, please contact California Retina Associates to schedule a consultation. Our retina specialists proudly serve San Diego and all surrounding California communities from our offices in El Centro and Chula Vista.

Stay on TRACK to Prevent Vision Loss

Tue, 11/01/2016

It is National Diabetic Eye Disease Month. If you are overdue for a screening, call (619) 425-7755 and schedule an appointment with one of our San Diego retina specialists todayDiabetic eye disease is often asymptomatic in its early stages. This is why it is so very important for diabetics to take special care of their eyes. This Diabetic Eye Disease Month, our San Diego retina specialists encourage you to stay on TRACK of your diabetes to help prevent irreversible vision loss and to help improve the overall quality of your life.

TRACK was developed by the National Institutes of Health and is designed to highlight the most important aspects of managing diabetes:

  • T – Take all medications prescribed by your doctor
  • R – Reach and maintain a healthy weight
  • A – Add more physical activity to your daily routine
  • C – Control your ABCs (A1C, blood pressure, cholesterol levels)
  • K – Kick the smoking habit

Adding to these suggestions a “V” for annual vision screenings to help prevent vision loss associated with diabetes. Our San Diego diabetic eye disease specialists can help you develop strategies during your yearly visits that further protect your eyes and ensure clear vision well into the future.

Diabetic eye disease may be asymptomatic in early stages, but vision problems are often swift to progress once they begin. Symptoms of diabetic eye disease may include:

  • Blurry or double vision
  • Blind spots
  • Flashers and floaters
  • Eye pain or pressure
  • Eye redness

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important that you get in touch with our San Diego retina doctors right away. Treatment is possible, but vision loss is permanent once it occurs, making it best to contact us at the first sign of problems. We offer a range of treatment options for diabetic eye disease. We will help you find the most suitable option during your treatment consultation.

To schedule a consultation with one of our San Diego ophthalmologists, please contact California Retina Associates today. We have offices in Chula Vista and El Centro for your convenience.

Diabetic Eye Disease Month

Tue, 11/01/2016

November is Diabetic Eye Disease Month. If you are overdue for an examination, call our San Diego retina specialists at (760) 352-7755 and schedule a consultation today.November is both National Diabetes Month and Diabetic Eye Disease Month. If you are diabetic and have not visited your ophthalmologist in over a year, please call our San Diego retina specialists at (760) 352-7755 to schedule an appointment right away. Diabetic eye disease can progress quickly and result in a complete loss of vision. Our retina specialists can detect early warning signs of these diseases and provide swift and effective treatment against their progression. Swift treatment is essential. Delaying will likely result in irreversible vision loss.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is the most common diabetic eye disease. The leading cause of blindness among adults aged 20-74, risks for diabetic retinopathy increase the longer you have been diabetic. Risks are further increased by tobacco use, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and poor blood sugar maintenance. However, even men and women who control their diabetes may develop this condition. In fact, the National Institutes of Health reports that 7.7 million people over the age of 40 currently have diabetic retinopathy. This number is expected to increase to more than 11 million within the next 15 years.

Diabetic eye disease can impact people with both type I and type II diabetes, though it is more common among Hispanics, Latinos, and African Americans. However, no matter your race or ethnicity, if you have diabetes it is essential that you visit one of our San Diego retina doctors every year for a thorough examination. Treating diabetic eye disease is entirely possible, but vision lost cannot be restored. This is why it is best to act before symptoms occur.

This diabetic eye disease month, recommit to your visual health. Please contact California Retina Associates and schedule a consultation today. We maintain offices in Chula Vista and El Centro to better serve men and women living throughout the San Diego area. 

Protecting Photoreceptor Cells

Thu, 09/01/2016

New treatments for retinal disorders are constantly being studied. To learn how they can be used to protect your sight, call (619) 425-7755 todayResearchers at the department of pharmacology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have found a “gentle” combination of FDA-approved medications that may help protect photoreceptor cells against damage. Photoreceptor cells are found in the back of the retina and allow us to see contrast, shade, color, and definition. These cells can be damaged by bright lights as well as by retina disorders such as macular degeneration.

In this most recent study, researchers employed the method of systems pharmacology – an approach that seeks to understand how various medicines impact different systems of the body – to determine how a multi-medication approach may help address damage to the retina on several fronts. Focusing on four medications, bromocriptime, metroprolol, doxazosin, and tamsulosin, researchers were able to protect mice from retinal damage with greater success than one medicine at a time, even when those singular medicines were given at higher doses. While not yet studied in humans, this research may indicate that a specific regimen of low-dose medications may actually be more effective at combatting retinal damage than current single-medication approaches in the treatment of macular degeneration and other sight-stealing disorders.

The San Diego retina specialists at California Retina Associates utilize the most advanced treatment options to help protect our patients from vision loss. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of a retinal disorder, please contact us online or by calling (619) 425-7755 or (760) 352-7755 to schedule an examination today.

August is National Eye Exam Month

Mon, 08/15/2016

August in National Eye Exam Month. If you are overdue for an examination, call (619) 425-7755 and schedule an appointment with one of our experienced San Diego eye doctors today August in National Eye Exam month – a timely reminder that getting your eyes checked regularly is an important part of your annual healthcare routine. Many vision stealing diseases and conditions are slow to progress and may even be asymptomatic until sight begins to diminish. Yearly exams become increasingly important after the age of 65, when diseases such as macular degeneration and glaucoma become more common. This National Eye Exam Month, regardless of your age, make an appointment with your optometrists to help protect your vision now and into the future. If you are diagnosed with a potentially sight-stealing condition, call our San Diego retina specialists at (760) 352-7755 to schedule a consultation and learn all about your treatment options.

Diabetic Eye Diseases

It is important for all people to increase the frequency of eye exams as they age. However, diabetics need to be committed to frequent exams no matter what their age. Diabetic eye diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema can occur at any stage of life – and risks are increased when diabetes is not fully controlled.

If you are diabetic, our San Diego eye doctors strongly encourage you to make yearly eye exams a priority. Combined with proper disease management, these exams can be very useful in helping ensure your vision remains strong for a lifetime.

If you have been diagnosed with a retinal disorder in the San Diego area, please contact California Retina Associates to schedule an appointment at our Chula Vista or El Centro location to learn how our advanced treatment options can help protect your vision.

How Your Lifestyle Impacts Retinal Health

Thu, 07/07/2016

Your risks for a number of retinal disorders can be increased or decreased based solely on the lifestyle choices you make. The good news is, it is never too late to start making choices that reduce your risks and improve your overall health. Our San Diego retina specialists offer a range of progressive retinal disorder treatment options, but in nearly every case will also recommend lifestyle changes that can help facilitate better health and reduce additional damage to your eyes.

Lifestyle choices that negatively impact vision include:

  • Unmaintained chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and multiple sclerosis
  • Tobacco use, including e-cigarettes
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • Being overweight
  • Eating an unhealthy diet

To learn how lifestyle changes can help protect your vision, call (619) 425-7755 or (760) 352-7755 to schedule an appointment at California Retina Associates todayMuch of the damage these risk factors can cause is irreversible. Adopting a healthy lifestyle before vision loss occurs remains the best way to help slow or prevent its onset.

You can reduce your risks for retinal disorders by making healthy choices. These include getting at least 90 minutes of exercise every week, eating a well-balanced diet high in natural and fresh foods, reducing your consumption of alcohol, and managing all preexisting conditions. As for tobacco use, quitting immediately is your best option. The effects of smoking on visual health are often irreversible, but stopping now will prevent additional damage from occurring.

Our California retina specialists take a comprehensive approach to treating complex vision disorders that often includes lifestyle modifications for optimal success. To learn more or to schedule an appointment at our Chula Vista or El Centro office, please contact California Retina Associates today.

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