If you or your child experience vision changes or loss, retinal dystrophy might be to blame. At Athena Eye Institute in San Antonio, Texas, Ashvini Reddy, MD, and her experienced ophthalmology team detect, diagnose, and treat inherited retinal dystrophy to prevent vision loss and restore your quality of life. Schedule an appointment with Athena Eye Institute over the phone or online at the first sign of vision abnormalities.
Retinal dystrophy is a group of inherited disorders that affect your retina and vision. Your retina is a thin area in the back of your eye. It sends images to your brain, senses light, and is necessary for sharp, central vision required for seeing fine detail, reading, and driving. Untreated retinal dystrophy can lead to vision loss and blindness in some cases.
Various types of retinal dystrophy exist. Examples include:
Genetic defects often contribute to retinal disorders, which can occur in children as well as adults. Early detection and treatment give you the best chance of avoiding vision loss.
Symptoms of retinal dystrophy vary depending on the type of eye disorder you have. Common vision problems associated with retinal dystrophy include:
An evaluation at Athena Eye Institute at the first sign of retinal dystrophy symptoms is the best way to prevent vision decline.
To diagnose retinal dystrophy, Dr. Reddy and her team complete a comprehensive eye exam and a series of eye tests. Examples include visual acuity tests, tests that measure the retina’s electrical response to light, and imaging procedures.
These or other tests help the team determine how well your retina functions. Dr. Reddy may also use blood tests to detect genetic mutations associated with specific retinal disorders.
Treatment for retinal dystrophy can slow disease progression. Your personalized treatment plan is based on the type of condition you have and its severity. Dr. Reddy may recommend:
Protecting your eyes from ultraviolet light, not smoking, and attending regular checkups with the Athena Eye Institute team helps protect your eyes from future damage. Special brown or amber glasses help filter blue light to delay vision loss associated with retinal dystrophy.
Wearing corrective glasses or contact lenses helps restore vision if you have retinal dystrophy.
If you experience vision loss due to retinal dystrophy, mobility training helps you learn to live with the impairment and function better during everyday activities.
If you experience retinal damage or a disease, such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, or retinal tears, Dr. Reddy may recommend laser surgical repair, injections, retinal implants, or other minor surgical procedures.
Don’t avoid going to the doctor if you experience vision problems, as early eye disease detection and treatment is the best way to help save your vision. Schedule an appointment with Athena Eye Institute over the phone or online today.