What is the Retina?
The retina is a layer of nerve cells located in the back of the eye, and is responsible for sending signals to the brain so you can see. It is vital for good vision, and when there is a problem in the retina, vision is impaired.
What are common retinal conditions?
Some of the most common retinal conditions are Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, Macular Edema, Retina Tear, Retinitis Pigmentosa and Detached Retina. Many of these retinal diseases share some common signs and symptoms.
These can include:
- Distorted (straight lines look wavy) vision
- Defects or holes in the vision
- Loss of vision
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important for you to be seem immediately. Please call us at 727-551-2020. We are lucky that we live in a time when we have the technology and advanced treatments to successfully treat most retinal conditions.
What is an Amsler Grid?
An Amsler Grid is a way for you to test your vision at home, in order to monitor changes and seek treatment immediately if you have vision changes. It is a simple test and should be performed daily. We suggest that you just make it a part of your daily regiment so that you don’t forget to do it.
We often see people mount the Amsler Grid on their refrigerator doors or a mirror and perform the following steps:
- If you wear glasses, put them on and stand so that you can clearly see the grid.
- Cover one eye and focus on the dot in the middle of the grid.
- Repeat this on the other eye.
If you see any wavy, distorted or missing line, please call us 1-727-551-2020 as soon as possible for an appointment.
The Amsler Grid is always given to macular degeneration patients, but we also feel that all patients can benefit by its use, especially those with diabetes.
Tampa’s Leading Retinal Specialist
Dr. Fayssal El-Jabali, Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Medical/Surgical Retinal Specialist at Updegraff Laser Vision.
Dr. El-Jabali is dedicated to providing retina patients at Updegraff Laser Vision with excellent care using the latest technology and retinal research. His compassionate care is often noted by patients, especially when it comes to his gentle injections. They feel like he treats them as he would his own family.
If you have a retinal condition and would like to see one of our board certified doctors, please click here or call 727-551-2020.