What you need to know about getting retinal disorder treatment in Brooklyn and Manhattan

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Are you suffering from a retinal disorder?

These challenges may sound familiar…

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Your eyes aren’t functioning correctly

You have a retinal disorder which means your retina is unable to function correctly. Severe visual impairment and blindness is a possibility.

This can affect your mood

You’re likely feeling scared and helpless. Living with a myriad of ocular and visual symptoms might be having a negative impact on your emotional well-being.

And it can ruin your day

Your activity and social interaction might be limited. Simple things like reading, driving, shopping, using your computer and getting involved at social gatherings can be a constant challenge.

Enough is enough

It’s time to end the suffering and re-engage with life. With our range of treatments, we can stop disease progression and improve or restore your vision so that you can live a more fulfilling life.

Retinal disorders explained

In these toggles we explain what you need to know about retinal disorders

Retinal detachment

Retinal detachment is a severe eye condition which can cause severe or even permanent vision loss.

It can occur at any age, but it is more common in people over the age of 40.

Some common symptoms include:

  • Spots
  • Floaters
  • Flashes of light
  • Poor vision or a shadow appearance across the top of the eye

What are floaters?

Floaters are specks that move in and out of your field of vision. They may be more noticeable when looking at a plain background. Floaters are tiny clumps of cells inside the vitreous humor (the clear fluid that fills the inside of the eye) that can be different shapes.

Retinal vein occlusion

Retinal vein occlusion, also referred to as an eye stroke, is a common cause of sudden painless reduction in vision in older people.

Symptoms include:

  • Blurry or distorted vision, typically in one eye
  • You may not experience any symptoms at all

Retinal detachment

Retinal detachment occurs when the retina becomes separated from the underlying supportive tissues, which prevents it from functioning correctly.

Risk factors include: 

  • Aging
  • Cataract surgery
  • Thinning of the outer retina
  • A high degree of nearsightedness
  • Trauma

The three main variations of retinal detachment include:

  • A tear or hole in the retina
  • A tug on the retina
  • Leaking blood cells behind the retina

Retinal vein occlusion

Retinal vein occlusion occurs when a vein draining blood from the eye gets blocked. The blockage of the vein means that blood cannot drain out of the retina. This leads to reduced vision.

Retinal vein occlusion usually occurs due to a blood clot that blocks the vein. In the retina, arteries and veins cross over each other. When an artery hardens, it can press against a vein and narrow the opening. This can cause irregular blood flow which may lead to clotting.

Risk factors include:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Glaucoma
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Certain rare blood disorders

Retinal detachment

We can diagnose retinal detachment by performing a comprehensive eye examination to assess your vision, and general eye health.

We will conduct the follwoing tests:

  • Retinal examination
  • Ultrasound imaging

Retinal vein occlusion

We can diagnose retinal vein occlusion with a comprehensive eye exam, including vision and pressure checks, and examining the surfaces and vessels of your eye.

Other tests to diagnose retinal vein occlusion include:

  • Optical coherence tomography
  • Ophthalmoscopy
  • Fluorescein angiography
  • We may also perform blood tests for diabetes, high cholesterol, and blood clotting disorders

Retinal detachment

If your retina has detached, you’ll need surgery to repair it. The type of surgery will depend on how severe the detachment is.

Suregry’s include:

  • Injecting air or gas into your eye
  • Indenting the surface of your eye
  • Draining and replacing the fluid in the eye

Retinal tears

If your retina hasn’t yet progressed to detachment, it may present as a tear or a hole.

You may require one of the following procedures to prevent retinal detachment and preserve vision:

  • Laser surgery (photocoagulation)
  • Freezing (cryopexy)

Retinal vein occlusion

Depending on the severity of the damage to the blood supply, treatment includes:

  • Laser treatment called panretinal photocoagulation
  • Injections of drugs into the eye of which there are two main types:
    – Steroid Implant – Ozurdex (Dexamethasone)
    – Anti VEGF Agents – Lucentis (Ranibizumab), Eylea (Aflibercept), Avastin

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How to get help

These 3 easy steps allow you to stop worrying about your eyes

STEP 1:
Call us to get an appointment

Give us a call at (718) 630-1010 and we’ll answer the questions you have so that we can recommend the best next step.

STEP 2:
Visit us

Whatever the issue, we’ll provide you with the exceptional care that your most precious sense deserves.

STEP 3:
Get the help you need

Whether it’s a quick intervention or a long-term treatment plan, we’ll guide you with compassion, every step of the way.

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Dr. Khosrof improved my eye sight from 20/400 to 20/80. I had previously see 2 other retina specialists and 1 optometrist and none of them were able to help me. He’s terrific!

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For more information about retinal disorders

Educate yourself further about retinal disorders by reading the links below

This article provides a great overview of all the different types of retinal disorders. Click here to read more. 

This is a government website that provides a summary of retinal disorders. It also includes more links to specific information on symptoms, diagnosis, and more. Click here for more information.

Here is an article on retinal detachment, the symptoms and how to treat it. Click here for more information. 

This multi-page synopsis of retinal detachment is helpful for anyone who would like to learn more about this condition. Click here to read more.

About the expert

Dr. Samer Khosrof | Ophthalmologist

Dr. Samer Khosrof is a top eye surgeon in New York City with over 25 years of experience treating complex eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy and age-related eye conditions.

His extensive experience enables him to stay on top of the latest treatments available. He believes in the efficacy of medical technology and has the expertise to deploy the newest diagnostic and treatment techniques to treat his patients with 100% confidence.

When you become a New York Eye & Retina Clinic patient; you’re a Samer Khosrof patient first. This means he sees you before your surgery, he performs your surgery, and he provides your aftercare. In the end, you’re his patient, and he takes that responsibility very seriously.

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