How Specialty Care Can Help Patients with Multiple Vision Disorders

Retina Associates is a state-of-the-art vision treatment center staffed by a team of board-certified ophthalmologists: Cameron Javid, MD; April Harris, MD; Egbert Saavedra, MD; and Mark Walsh. MD. Based in Tucson, Arizona, the Retina Associates team works closely with surrounding health care providers to offer specialized care for common vision disorders.

It’s no secret that identifying an illness as early as possible is one of the most effective ways of optimizing treatment outcomes, but individual medical history and the sheer variety of illnesses that share symptoms means that an initial diagnosis is not always accurate. According to the CDC, some of the most common eye-related disorders are age-related macular degeneration (AMD), affecting estimated 1.8 million Americans; cataracts, affecting 20.5 million; and diabetic retinopathy, affecting 4.1 million. While having an eye-related disorder does not automatically result in further impairments, it is common for older individuals to have more than one vision-related condition. On top of that, different conditions can affect different areas of the eye; for example, cataracts affect the eye lens and can be removed surgically, but retinal holes or tears occur inside the eye and often require laser treatment. While not all vision disorders are treatable, knowing what individual conditions directly affect your vision and to what degree can open new treatment pathways.

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