AGE-RELATED MACURAL DEGENERATION (AMD)
As its name implies, Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) has an onset later in life. It begins with diminished central vision. AMD tends to run in families. If you have a family member who has AMD, you should seek regular retina care. It is estimated that over 2 million Americans have Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Regular retina care is essential to potentially control this sight stealer. Fortunately some forms of AMD can be treated by Doctor Tafoya.
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Wet AMD with Hemorrhage
DIABETIC RETINOPATHY (DR)
Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) affects more that 4.4 million Americans. The risk is high among Asians, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, who account for over half of Hawaii’s population. With regular retina care, Doctor Tafoya can address this disease before it robs you of vision.
Wet AMD with Hemorrhage
Severe Nonproliferative DR
Proliferative DR with LargePreretinal Hemorrhage
Severe Proliferative DR
DR After Laser Treatment
RETINAL DETACHMENT (RD)
Retinal Detachment (RD) occurs when the retina peels away from its underlying supportive layer. RD can occur for a variety of reasons, including vitreous detachment, diabetic retinopathy, retinal tumors, and trauma. Signs of RD include sudden visual disturbances, such as the onset of new floaters and a shower of flashes in your vision. If you see new floaters or flashes in one eye or the other, you should seek Dr. Tafoya’s (or another retinal specialist’s) help immediately.
RD in Upper Left Quadrant
Better View of Detachment
Early Result After RD Repairby Dr. Tafoya
Nice Flat Retina After Repair by Dr. Tafoya
DIABETES & YOUR EYES
Diabetes is the leading cause of permanent blindness in adults in the United States. Diabetes can cause cataracts, glaucoma and retina problems. There are two main types of diabetic retinopathy- non-proliferative and proliferative, as shown in the videos above. The proliferative form can cause bleeding in your eye also known as hemorrhage. If the bleeding is in the jelly substance of your eye, or vitreous, it can cause profound loss of vision. Surgery often helps this problem. Diabetes can also cause swelling or edema in your central vision called macular edema. If you see black spots in your vision, floaters, flashes of light, missing vision, blurred vision, or if you have not had a dilated eye evaluation in some time, call 808-676-4772 to make an appointment with Doctor Tafoya.