Retina Care

Hawaii Vision Specialists

Ophthalmology & Optometry located in Hilo, HI

Proper retina care is crucial if you suffer from a condition like age-related macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy. At Hawaii Vision Specialists in Hilo, Hawaii, the expert vision care team can help with retina care of all types, from retina laser treatment to retina injections. Call Hawaii Vision Specialists today to arrange a retina care consultation.

Retina Care Q & A

Hawaii Vision Specialists

What is laser retina surgery?

Laser retina surgery can treat a variety of retina problems, such as diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusion, and retinal tears.

For example, if you have a retinal tear, your doctor can use the laser to create tiny burns in the area surrounding your torn retina. Your body will respond by forming scar tissue in that area, and the scar tissue will help anchor your retina in place to avoid retinal detachment.

In the case of diabetic retinopathy, laser surgery can stop blood vessel leakage to prevent further vision damage.

What is the process for laser retina surgery?

The exact surgery process will depend on your particular retina problem. However, your surgeon will likely perform laser retina surgery on-site at Hawaii Vision Specialists. You won't be in pain during laser retina surgery, because your eye will be given local anesthesia.

Most patients find laser surgery for retina problems to be very comfortable. Although you may have some mild discomfort afterward, over-the-counter medications and prescription eye drops are usually sufficient to control pain.

What are retina injections?

Eylea® and Lucentis® are FDA-approved drugs that are injected into the eye to treat wet age-related macular degeneration. Both drugs stop uncontrolled blood vessel growth in your eyes by eliminating the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) that triggers the growth.

Because this type of abnormal blood vessel production is the cause of vision loss in wet age-related macular degeneration, either Eylea or Lucentis can be an excellent solution for preserving your vision.

Lucentis was FDA-approved to treat wet age-related macular degeneration in 2007, and Eylea followed in 2013. The two drugs are very much alike, with both eliminating VEGF from your eyes. The main difference is that Eylea eliminates an additional inner-eye substance — placental growth factor — a protein that contributes to the grown of new blood vessels.

Your doctor will discuss the benefits of each drug with you. The injection process takes just seconds, and the thin needle, combined with an anesthetic, makes the injection virtually pain-free.

You may need regular injections to keep wet age-related macular degeneration at bay.

Call Hawaii Vision Specialists today to schedule a retina care consultation.