The retina is a layer of tissue in the back of your eye that senses light and sends images to your brain. In the center of this nerve tissue is the macula. It provides the sharp, central vision needed for reading, driving and seeing fine detail.

Retinal disorders affect this vital tissue. They can affect your vision, and some can be serious enough to cause blindness.

Retinal and vitreous disorders

The following are retinal disorders and vitreous disorders:

  • Age-related macular degeneration (AMD): disease that blurs the sharp, central vision
  • Central serous chorioretinopathy: collection of fluid under the retina that distorts the vision
  • Choroidal neovascular membranes: new blood vessels that grow beneath the retina
  • Choroidal nevus: a flat, benign pigmented area that appears in the retina 
  • Cystoid macular edema: disorder when areas of fluid appear in the macula and cause swelling 
  • Diabetic retinopathy: diabetes complication that affects eyes
  • Macular hole: a small break in the macula
  • Macular pucker: scar tissue that has formed on the macula
  • Ocular histoplasmosis syndrome (OHS): multifocal infection by histoplasma capsulatum 
  • Ocular melanoma: disease in which malignant cells form in the tissues of the eye
  • Posterior vitreous detachment: vitreous separation from the retina
  • Retinal detachment: when the retina is pulled away from the back of the eye  
  • Retinal vein occlusion (RVO): blockage of the blood supply to the retina 
  • Retinitis pigmentosa: a group of rare, genetic disorders that involve a breakdown and loss of cells in the retina 
  • Stargardt disease: the most common form of inherited juvenile macular degeneration

If you have one of these conditions, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center ophthalmology experts have the skills to help.

Why choose Ohio State for retinal and vitreous disorder treatment

For more than 80 years, The Ohio State University Havener Eye Institute has established a tradition of excellence in ophthalmology. Today, the Department of Ophthalmology sees more than 87,000 patients a year. Our locations include our main eye care clinic near the Ohio State campus on Olentangy River Road in Columbus, which also provides on-site surgical eye care. In addition to our main location, we have satellite offices in Westerville and Dublin, with soon-to-open clinics in New Albany and a new state-of-the-art surgical facility in Dublin. 

Our mission is to restore, preserve and enhance vision to improve lives. Every day, we strive for excellence in patient care by providing all of our patients with the latest examination, diagnostic and treatment techniques, both medical and surgical.

Advanced retina treatments with Fatoumata Yanoga, MD

Fatoumata Yanoga, MD, explains the Department of Ophthalmology's advanced treatments for the most serious retina conditions.
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