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The retina of the eye is comparable to the film of a camera. It requires specialized care to maintain the health and treat disease or injury. Fox Valley Ophthalmology offers the services of a Medical retinologist.
Although it does not lead to blindness, macular degeneration can severely limit a patient's ability to see fine detail or read. To date, no cure has been found but in some cases that are diagnosed early, laser treatment may be effective. In most instances, magnifiers and other low vision aids are helpful to patients suffering from macular degeneration. At Fox Valley Ophthalmology, our doctors carefully track research being conducted to find new methods of treatment for this disease.
A major cause of blindness, diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes and can be present with no noticeable symptoms. The best protection for diabetics, therefore, is to be aware of the risks, and have regular examinations and appropriate treatment by an ophthalmologist. In some cases, diabetes and other diseases may be detected through routine eye examinations of apparently healthy individuals.