Diabetes Mellitus (DM)

Did you know that diabetes:

  • is the leading cause of blindness in working-age Americans?
  • is the fourth most common cause of visual loss in people over age 55?
  • is responsible for 7% of legal blindness in those over age 65?
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Medication Toxicities

Retinal Side Effects From Systemic Medication

The retina is a layer of light-sensing cells that line the back of the eye. As light rays enter your eye, the retina converts the rays into signals that are sent through the optic nerve to your brain, where they are recognized as images.

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Epiretinal Membrane or ERM (a.k.a. Macular Pucker or Cellophane Retinopathy or Surface Wrinkling Retinopathy)

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Retinal Tears & Detachment

Detached and Torn Retina

A retinal detachment is a very serious problem that usually causes blindness unless treated. The appearance of flashing lights, floating objects, or a gray curtain moving across the field of vision are all indications of a retinal detachment. If any of these occur, see Dr. Haas right away.

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The uvea is the middle layer in the eye sandwiched between the retina (innermost layer) and the sclera (outermost layer). The uvea contains many blood vessels that carry blood to and from the eye. Uveitis is inflammation of the uvea. Since the uvea nourishes many important parts of the eye, uveitis can damage your sight.

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Vessel Problems (BRAO, CRAO, BRVO, CRVO, CSR)

Branch Retinal Artery Occlusion (BRAO)

Most people know that high blood pressure and other vascular diseases pose risks to overall health, but many may not know that high blood pressure can affect vision by damaging the arteries in the eye.

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