As the leading retina specialists, Wills Eye has pioneered the clinical care, research efforts, and development of all major innovations in retina care for 60 years.
Our retinal specialist team has been intimately involved in the development of most of the treatments for many retinal diseases, including the latest treatments for diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration.
Carl D. Regillo, MD, FACS, Chief, Retina Service
WHAT IS RETINAL DISEASE?
Retinal diseases are a range of disorders that affect the thin layer of tissue lining the back of the eye. The retina, which is responsible for receiving light and converting it into neural signals for the brain, is one of the most important parts of the eye.
Early symptoms of retinal disease include:
- Sudden appearance of floaters in the vision
- Blurred vision
- Flashes of light in one or both eyes
- “Shadow” over visual field
- Loss of vision
TYPES OF RETINAL DISEASES
There are quite a few different types of retinal disease. The most common types tend to be retinal tears and detachment, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration.
A retinal detachment is a separation of the retina from the underlying layers of the eye wall. This will lead to progressive loss of peripheral and, eventually, central vision. Left untreated, total, permanent loss of sight eventually occurs in most cases.
Macular degeneration (AMD) is a common condition affecting people age 50 years and older that is associated with central vision loss, which affects one's ability to read, drive, or see someone’s face if it progresses to more advanced stages.
Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes, a condition in which the blood sugar level is elevated because the body is unable to use and store sugar. This high sugar content damages blood vessels and can affect body organs such as the eyes, heart, and kidneys.
RETINA SURGERY AND OTHER TREATMENTS
Treatment options for retinal disease range from surgical interventions to injections of air, gas, or liquid into the eye. Your exact course of treatment depends on your specific diagnosis and your symptoms.
FIND YOUR NEW RETINA DOCTOR
Looking for the best ophthalmologist for your retinal issues? The Retina specialists at Wills Eye Hospital are dedicated to providing comprehensive management of both medical and surgical diseases that affect the retina and vitreous. Our ophthalmologists and staff use state-of-the-art diagnostic tools, lasers, and surgical instruments to further enhance diagnosis and treatment. Patients from the surrounding region, other parts of the country, and around the world come for their medical and surgical expertise.
Each of our doctors is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, and all are members of various prestigious organizations such as the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Retina Specialists, the Retina Society, and the Macula Society. They have been recognized as top doctors in the field by Philadelphia Magazine and Best Doctors in America.
Retinal disease can happen to anyone. If you’re experiencing floaters, blurred vision, loss of vision, or other signs and symptoms of retinal illness, please contact us today to book an appointment and meet with one of our renowned retinal specialists.
Clinic Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.
Wills Eye Hospital
840 Walnut Street, Suite 1020
Philadelphia PA 19107
Phone: (215) 928-3300
Fax: (215) 825-4723
Chief: Carl D. Regillo, MD
Retina Research Director: Allen C. Ho, MD