Diabetic Retinopathy, Retinal Detachment, Macular Degeneration

Monterey, Salinas, Santa Cruz

Del_Piero_Office_Photos_036.jpgMonterey County Eye Associates provides outstanding treatment for patients with retinal problems, including diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, macular holes, and retinal detachments, in Monterey, Salinas, Santa Cruz, and surrounding areas. Our doctors have years of combined experience treating retinal disorders and are able to tailor treatment to each patient’s unique needs.               Dr. Del Piero is a fellowship-trained retina specialist, who is available for consultations in Monterey, Salinas, and Hollister. If you are experiencing the appearance of floaters, flashing lights, and other visual distortions, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is a diabetes-related condition in which blood vessels in the retina grow abnormally. Without treatment, the blood vessels can grow over and leak into the retina, decreasing or destroying vision altogether. If you have diabetes, a family history of the disease, or are experiencing the symptoms of diabetic retinopathy (retinal changes, floaters, flashers, blurry vision, and difficulty seeing close-up images), contact Monterey County Eye Associates or Dr. Del Piero immediately to schedule a dilated eye exam.

Diabetic Retinopathy Treatment

For early-stage (non-proliferative) diabetic retinopathy, non-invasive, lifestyle-management techniques may be sufficient for managing the disease, along with an annual eye exam. Preventing diabetic eye disease is our highest priority! For late-stage (proliferative) diabetic retinopathy, surgery may be necessary to curb vision loss. The most common surgeries are laser photocoagulation and vitrectomy. Laser photocoagulation seals abnormal blood vessels, prevents them from leaking and preserves vision. Vitrectomy surgery removes scar tissue and the vitreous gel (the liquid in the center of the eye that becomes cloudy when diabetic retinopathy causes bleeding) and replaces it with a clear artificial solution.

Retinal Detachment

Retinal detachment – the separation of the retina from the back of the eye – is a serious eye condition. Eye injuries, complications from eye surgery, certain eye diseases and conditions, and other factors can cause the retina to become detached. Although retinal detachment may not initially cause pain or dramatic vision problems, it can lead to blindness if left untreated. Contact Monterey County Eye Associates or Dr. Del Piero immediately if you notice the symptoms of retinal detachment: floaters, the appearance of flashing lights or a curtain over the visual field, or suddenly diminished vision.

Retinal Detachment Treatment

For a relatively small retinal detachment (e.g., localized with a retinal hole or tear), outpatient laser surgery may be used to repair the retina. For a more severe detachment, surgery may be necessary to return the retina to its proper anatomical position.

Monterey County Eye Associates provides advanced retinal detachment treatment for patients in Monterey, Salinas, Santa Cruz, and surrounding areas. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.

Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is an age related and hereditary disease process in which the macula (the central part of the retina) and its blood vessels deteriorate. The disease often presents no initial symptoms, yet it can devastate one’s vision if left untreated. (Symptoms include blurred vision, blind spots in the central vision, the perception of straight lines as being crooked, and the appearance of blood vessels in the retina.) Although macular degeneration is incurable, there are treatments that can slow its progression.

Macular Degeneration Treatment

Early intervention is crucial in halting the disease’s progression and devastating vision loss. Dietary and lifestyle adjustments may effectively curb the progression of relatively minor degeneration. For later-stage degeneration, surgery and medication may be necessary to prevent the formation of abnormal blood vessels. Our physicians use the most advanced techniques, including laser surgery and injection of medication to control macular degeneration.

Contact Monterey County Eye Associates if you believe you have macular degeneration. We welcome patients in our Monterey and Salinas offices.

Macular Holes

A macular hole is a small hole or tear in the macula. Although macular holes and macular degeneration are both age-related problems, they are separate and distinct conditions. If you are experiencing symptoms of a macular hole – blurred central vision, the appearance of objects as being bent or wavy, and difficulty reading – schedule an eye exam right away.

Contact Monterey County Eye Associates

Contact Monterey County Eye Associates to schedule a retinal care consultation. We provide advanced treatment of retinal problems, including diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, and macular degeneration, for patients from Monterey, Salinas, Santa Cruz, and surrounding areas.

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