Retinal Specialists Serving Ellicott City
Ellicott City and the surrounding areas trust Dr. Michael J. Elman and Dr. Sidney A. Schechet for the medical and surgical management of harmful retina conditions. When you visit the Elman Retina Group, you can expect to receive world-class care delivered with compassion and respect. Our retinal specialists will evaluate your eyes, diagnose your condition and present you with the best treatment options to rehabilitate your retina and preserve your sight.
Age-related Macular Degeneration Treatment
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the gradual deterioration of the eye’s macula. As macular function declines, central vision worsens. AMD treatment depends on the form of the disease. The earlier form, dry AMD, is usually managed with healthy lifestyle choices, regular eye exams and daily supplements with the AREDS/AREDS2 formula. The later form, wet AMD, may require intravitreal injections, photodynamic therapy or laser photocoagulation to treat abnormal blood vessels.
Floaters and Flashes Treatment
Floaters and flashes are visual distortions that become common with age. Floaters are specks, squiggly lines, cobwebs or clouds that appear to float in the visual field. Flashes are flashing or flickering lights that appear in the visual field. Sometimes these distortions are harmless, but they can also suggest a retinal condition like a retinal tear or retinal detachment. Retinal conditions can be treated with laser or traditional surgery (including vitrectomy).
Diabetic Retinopathy Treatment
Diabetic retinopathy is a diabetes-related vision problem that can cause permanent vision loss. Higher-than-normal blood sugar levels can cause the retinal blood vessels to swell or leak, or the formation of new irregular blood vessels. Diabetic retinopathy symptoms include blurry vision and the appearance of floaters (some cases are asymptomatic). Treatments include laser therapy and medication to slow or stop the growth of the new blood vessels.
Retinal Tear Treatment
A retinal tear is a small break or opening in the retina. Symptoms include flashes, floaters, eye pain, headaches and eye movement issues. Left untreated, fluid can pass through the opening and underneath the retina, encouraging retinal detachment. Retinal tears are repaired with laser surgery (photocoagulation) or cryopexy to seal up the tear and prevent it from growing.
Blurry Vision Treatment
Blurry vision is a symptom of many eye conditions and diseases, from refractive errors to cataracts and glaucoma to eye infections. To treat blurry vision, our doctors must determine the cause and the exact structures of the eye that are affected.
Macular Edema Treatment
Macular edema refers to a swelling of the macula, which interferes with central vision. It can occur for several different reasons, including diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration that causes new blood vessels to grow and leak. Treating macular edema depends on the source of the problem. Injections of medication can help stop the growth of abnormal blood vessels and control the swelling. Vitrectomy may be recommended if blood vessels have leaked into the vitreous and clouded it.
Macular Hole Treatment
A macular hole is an opening in the center of the retina. Depending on the size of the defect, a macular hole can cause central vision to be blurry or distorted. In some cases, it can cause blind spots. Small macular holes may not require any repair; larger holes may be repaired with a vitrectomy and the placement of a gas bubble in the eye to “seal” the hole.
Epiretinal Membrane Treatment
An epiretinal membrane, also referred to as a “macular pucker,” occurs when scar tissue grows over the macular surface. The macula, which is normally flat, can contract and wrinkle. Sometimes this has no effect on vision, and sometimes it causes visual symptoms such as straight lines that appear wavy, double vision and sensitivity to light. If an epiretinal membrane is detected and shown to cause noticeable symptoms, vitrectomy may be recommended to remove the scar tissue and resolve symptoms.
Eye (Eyeball) Injury Treatment
Our doctors treat a wide range of eye injuries — from scratches and scrapes to maladies such as chemical burns and infections. When emergencies happen, we encourage you to contact us promptly so we can provide fast and effective relief from your symptoms. We will do our best to schedule an appointment as soon as possible!
Inherited Retinal Diseases
Inherited retinal diseases are degenerative diseases caused by variations in genes that affect the function of the retina. Common inherited retinal diseases include retinitis pigmentosa, Stargardt disease, choroideremia and leber congenital amaurosis. The symptoms of these diseases include sensitivity to light, problems with central vision, blind spots in peripheral vision and tunnel vision. Depending on the severity of the disease, some conditions can even cause total loss of vision. Our doctors offer genetic testing for over 250 genes; we can also talk to you about participating in one of the promising clinical trials that look at gene therapy.
Contact the Elman Retina Group Today
If you live in or around Ellicott City and would like to book an appointment with Dr. Elman or Dr. Schechet, please call or email the Elman Retina Group today.