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Common Retina Diseases

Common Retina Diseases

Your retina is essential to how your eye processes the images you see. The retina is a light-sensitive layer in the back of the eye containing cones and rods that signal your brain to convert light into images. Since the retina is critical to eyesight, it is important to regularly visit an ophthalmologist to monitor your eyes for potential diseases that affect your retina.

When an ophthalmologist examines the retina, he or she will use special eye drops to dilate the pupil. When an eye is dilated, an eye doctor can use a magnifying glass to examine the retina. Diseases that affect the retina include macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, macular pucker, retinoblastoma, retinal detachment, onchocerciasis, and retinitis pigmentosa. These diseases can be treated by an ophthalmologist and can be diagnosed and detected with regular visits to the eye doctor.

To best protect your retinas and your vision, regularly visit an ophthalmologist near New York. For comprehensive treatment of macular degeneration and other eye diseases, contact Dr. Mark Hornfeld at (212) 580-8881.