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Retinal diseases

The retina is a collection of light sensitive nerve cells at the back of the eyeball.

Retinal disorders damage these delicate cells and reduce someone’s ability to see. ‘Macular degeneration’ is damage to the centre of the retina where colour is seen. Treatments aim to slow or halt damage depending on the cause. Follow the links below to find trusted information about retinal diseases.

Last reviewed: February 2014

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Retinal detachment - detached retina

Retinal detachment (detached retina) is a medical emergency when the retina becomes separated from the inside of the eye.  Warning signs include a sudden increase in floaters or flashes. Seek immediate medical attention. This could save your sight.

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Retinoschisis | myVMC

Retinoschisis occurs when the eye's retina splits into two layers. It causes gradual visual loss and may lead to retinal detachment.

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Retinitis pigmentosa

The retina is located at the back of the eye. This thin layer of light-sensitive cells sends information on shape, colour, pattern and movement to the brain via the optic nerve. There are special light sensing cells in the retina, called rods and cones (see explanation below).

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Cardiovascular Disease and Chronic Kidney Disease

Cardiovascular disease includes all diseases and conditions of the heart and blood vessels, such as arteries and veins.

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Peripheral vascular disease

Peripheral vascular disease is the reduced circulation of blood to a body part other than the brain or heart. It is caused by a narrowed or blocked blood vessel. The main cause is atherosclerosis, which is the build-up of fatty deposits that narrow a blood vessel, usually an artery. The narrowed blood vessel reduces the circulation of blood to the associated body part.

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Foscavir | myVMC

Foscavir contains a broad spectrum antiviral agent foscarnet sodium. It is used in the treatment of cytomegalovirus retinitis and herpes simplex virus.

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Diabetes and Eye Diseases | myVMC

Diabetes is a condition that affects the bodys ability to control sugar levels. This can be due to autoimmune damage to the pancreas (Type 1 diabetes), or due to decreased effects of insulin due to poor diet, such as in the much more common Type 2 diabetes. Both these types of diabetes are associated with a wide range of complications, such as kidney disease or diabetic eye disease.

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Behcet's Disease (Adamantiades-Behcet's Disease; Silk Road Disease) | myVMC

Behcet's disease, also known as Adamantiades-Behcet's disease or silk road disease, isa type of vasculitis. Itis a rare, chronic, lifelong disorder that involves inflammation of blood vessels throughout the body. Behcet's disease may involve any organ in the body including the central nervous system, resulting in memory loss and impaired speech, balance and movement.

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Diabetic Eye Disease: Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy | myVMC

Proliferative diabetic retinopathy is an eye disease that affects diabetics

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Degos Disease - ACD

Degos disease is a rare progressive condition affecting blood vessels. This causes disease in the skin, gastrointestinal tract and central nervous system.

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