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Tucson, Arizona-based Retina Associates provides diagnosis and treatment for a variety of retina and vitreous disorders through a team of experienced vitreo-retinal surgeons that include Dr. Cameron Javid. Disorders treated by Retina Associates include retinal detachment, a serious eye condition that can lead to a permanent loss of vision if left untreated.

Retinal detachment occurs when the retina separates from the surrounding tissue, which can result from age, pre existing conditions causing thinning of the retina, injury, advanced diabetes, inflammatory eye disorders, or the shrinkage or contraction of the vitreous, a gel-like material inside the eye. Retinal detachment may also occur when vitreous collects underneath the retina through tears in the retinal tissue. Symptoms of the condition cause no pain but manifest instead in the form of darkening of the peripheral or central vision, flashes of light, and the appearance of debris or floaters in one’s vision. Permanent blindness may occur due to a prolonged lack of oxygen as the disorder restricts the flow of oxygen to retina cells.

Due to the risk of permanent blindness, ophthalmologists advise those with retinal detachment to seek immediate medical help. Patients require surgery in nearly every case, although the type of surgery depends upon the severity of the individual case. Vitreo-retinal surgeons can treat retinal tears that have yet to progress into full detachment with outpatient procedures; such as laser, however, full detachments may require more intensive surgical options. Treatment success varies on a case-by-case basis and in part depends upon damage done to the central area of the retina and the extent of oxygen loss to the retina cells. Vision can take months to improve even in the case of successful operations.

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.

To schedule a consultation or to receive a second opinion from Cameron Javid or another doctor at Retina Associates, visit http://www.retinatucson.com.