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Retinal Diseases

Our medical retina specialist treats diseases that affect the inner lining of the eye such as diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration, retinal vascular occlusions, and many other diseases. Treatment for retinal disorders may include intravitreal injections or laser treatments. Our physician would be glad to discuss treatment options with you.

Additionally, screening exams are available especially for patients with diabetes, sickle cell, or medications with possible ocular toxicities.​

Diabetic Eye Disease

Diabetic eye disease refers to the effect of diabetes on the eye. The degree to which diabetes affects the eye is often associated with the length of time someone has had diabetes and how carefully the diabetes has been controlled. In addition to diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and glaucoma are often seen with diabetes. Along with controlling blood sugar levels, careful control of blood pressure and cholesterol is also important in maintaining ocular health and overall health.

Diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of blindness. It is caused by changes in the blood vessels of the eye that can lead to leakage and growth of abnormal blood vessels. Laser surgery or injections of special medications may be needed to stop the progression of the disease. There may be no symptoms with diabetic retinopathy, so it is important to have your eyes checked by an eye specialist every year.

Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is a chronic eye disease that is a leading cause of vision loss in the United States today. It occurs when the central part of the retina begins to deteriorate, causing blurred vision and, in advanced cases, a blind spot in the center of the field of vision.

The ophthalmologists at UConn Health are on the cutting edge of emerging macular degeneration treatments, and they will discuss medical and surgical treatment options with you. They may also suggest lifestyle changes to slow the progression of the disease.

Macular Pucker

Macular pucker is a condition in which a membrane on the surface of the retina develops over the macula, the part of the retina that is responsible for central clear vision. Symptoms include vision changes, blurred or distorted vision, a graying area, and vision loss in the center of the field of vision.

Macular pucker usually only requires monitoring, but in more severe cases, your doctor might recommend an operation where the scar tissue causing the pucker is removed leading to improved vision.