in Buffalo, NY
What Is Retinal Disease?
The retina is a thin layer of tissue situated in the back of the eye. It’s responsible for converting refracted light into electrical impulses, which are then sent to the brain. A range of risk factors can threaten this sensitive tissue over time and cause vision-threatening dysfunction.
Here are some of the most common retinal diseases:
Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD): AMD is the breaking down of an area in the center of the retina, known as the macula. It commonly affects older people, causing irreversible vision loss.
Diabetic Retinopathy: Heightened blood sugar levels, common in diabetic patients, can cause blood vessels to swell or burst. In some cases, new, weaker blood vessels form and present higher risk for complications.
Other retinal diseases include retinitis pigmentosa, epiretinal membrane, and a range of retinal traumas.
Age-related Macular Degeneration in Buffalo
There are two types of AMD. Dry AMD is the thinning of the macula as a result of natural aging and is responsible for more than 80% of AMD cases. Wet AMD occurs when blood vessels in the retina begin to leak, causing inflammation. Wet AMD progresses much faster, which makes these cases more urgent.
A retina specialist can develop a treatment plan to slow or halt the onset and progression of AMD.
Ausra Selvadurai, M.D.
Dr. Ausra is among the top retinal specialists in Western New York, and continues to stay at the forefront of her field through continued research on the newest methods in the industry.
Peter Forgach, M.D.
Buffalo’s Premier Retina Specialist
At Buffalo Ophthalmology, our retina specialist has years of medical experience managing even the most advanced cases of retinal disease. We understand the importance of treating each patient’s case as unique and cultivating communication between ophthalmologist, patient, and referring physician.
Our Approach to Retinal Disease Treatment
Whenever possible, we take a preventative approach — when we detect early indicators of macular degeneration, we work to slow or halt the progression of the disease.