Your referral to a retina specialist with Drs. Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor & Haun is the first step in getting time-critical care for your eyes.
Age-related diseases of the eye can often affect the retina. Retinal diseases and disorders often require urgent treatment. Thus, it is vital that you make note of any new symptoms or changes in your vision and share them with your eye care professional.
Drs. Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor & Haun are ophthalmologists that have been caring for the eyes of East Tennesseans since 1952. With that heritage as a strong foundation, the practice utilizes the most modern treatment techniques, featuring the latest in diagnostic and surgical equipment for general ophthalmology and retinal disease management and surgery.
Patients will receive a thorough eye examination to screen for, diagnose and treat diseases of the retina. Your retina specialist may recommend additional testing.
The most frequently employed test is Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT). This technique uses light waves to create three-dimensional images of the retina and choroid. It is painless and requires no contact or puffs of air. OCT has become a vital tool in the advancements in treatment for many diseases, but especially diseases of the macula, such as age related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.
Your retina specialist may use another key test called Fluorescein Angiography. During this procedure, dye is injected through a vein in the arm. Images of the retina are taken. This allows your retina specialist to assess the blood flow to the eye. Like OCT, fluorescein angiography is useful in many diseases, but especially vascular diseases, such as diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein/artery occlusions, and age related macular degeneration.
Other tests your retina specialist may utilize include Ocular Ultrasound and Visual Field Assessments. Ultrasound employs sound waves to visualize the eye and make measurements on tumors or potential malignancies. Visual field testing assesses peripheral vision and can be affected by any disease process in the pathway from the brain to the eye.
Treatment options often utilized by your retina specialist include Laser Surgery and Intravitreal Injections of medicines into the eye. Laser surgery can be performed in the clinic as an outpatient and can often prevent complications of eye disease or improve your vision. Intravitreal injections have revolutionized treatment of many diseases, including age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and retinal vein occlusions. The procedure is performed in the clinic, takes only a few seconds, and is remarkably painless, given the eye’s ability to numb with anesthetic drops.