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At The Kaufman Eye Institute we provide a full range of solutions for retina and vitreous problems, including diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, retinal detachment, macular holes, and other vitreoretinal disorders. We provide the latest treatments for retinal diseases including Lucentis™, Avastin®, Eylea®, and Ozurdex®.

About the Retina and Vitreous

The retina is a very thin layer of tissue that lines the inner part of the back of the eye and functions like the film of a camera. It captures light like camera film and then transmits that image to the brain so that it can be processed into a visual image. The macula is the most specialized area of this retina tissue and allows us to see detailed, central vision. This is the vision that allows us to read, watch television, and recognize faces. It is within this specific area of tissue that many patients present with eye disease that requires our special care.

The vitreous of the eye is a clear, gel-like substance that fills the center of the eye, much like air fills a balloon. It accounts for about two-thirds of the eye's volume. The vitreous needs to be clear for light to pass through it and reach the retina so that a signal can be created. If there are problems within this gel, visual complications always result. Common, minor problems can be floaters, a common ailment where the patient experiences small spots 'floating' in their vision. These are sometimes described as 'cobwebs' or little 'bugs' seen in the patient's vision.