What is Retina and why is it important?
Did you know that lining the back of your eye is a thin membrane—only .5 to 1 mm thick—with profound implications for your ability to see the world around you? Despite its small size, this membrane, known as the retina, is a crucial tool for sending messages to the brain to help us process what we see! The retina is a thin layer of tissue that lines the back of the eye on the inside. It is located near the optic nerve. The purpose of the retina is to receive light that the lens has focused, convert the light into neural signals, and send these signals on to the brain for visual recognition.
Due to the retina’s vital role in vision, damage to it can cause permanent blindness. Conditions such as retinal detachment, where the retina is abnormally detached from its usual position, can prevent the retina from receiving or processing light. This prevents the brain from receiving this information, thus leading to blindness. Our retinal surgeon specializes in diagnosing and treating retina conditions such as diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and retinal detachment, all of which can lead to vision loss or blindness.
Common retinal conditions include floaters, macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease, retinal detachment. There are other issues that can occur, but these conditions are some of the most common and serious that a person can experience.