Retinal eye diseases

There are many retinal eye disease.  The most common are:

  • age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
    • this is the cause of up to 50% of visual impairment worldwide
  • diabetic eye disease
    • almost all of those with type I diabetes and more than 60% of those with type II diabetes will develop diabetic eye disease within 20 years of diagnosis
  • floaters
    • floaters are more common between the ages of 50 and 75
  • retinal detachment
    • some symptoms of retinal detachment are flashing lights and a sudden increase of floaters. It is especially important for patients who are short sighted to be reviewed
  • retinitis pigmentosa
    • this is a rare degenerative genetic eye disease. There is currently no effective treatment and symptoms can include decreased vision at night or in low light