retina and Vitreous disorders 

The vitreous is the area anterior to the retina. It contains a gel-like substance that thins as we age. The layer of tissue lining the inside of the back of the eye is called the retina. It contains millions of photoreceptor cells which convert light into images. The macula is where light comes to a focus – it has mainly cone cells for color vision.

The vitreous is a clear gelatin-like substance between the lens of the eye and the retina. Light rays, carrying images to the brain, must pass through this clear gel on the way to the retina. The retina transmits information (carried by light rays) to the brain via the optic nerve. When disease or injury causes clouding of the vitreous or damage to the retina, the result is a partial or complete loss of vision.

Diabetic retinopathy is the most common of all retinal diseases. A direct result of diabetes is diabetic retinopathy. Retinopathy is an alteration of blood vessels that provide nourishment to the retina. These blood vessels may leak, develop irregular branches, or become enlarged causing poor vision.

Macular degeneration, often associated with aging, is a common retinal disease. With this problem, the central area of the retina deteriorates causing poor central vision and requires prompt evaluation.

Macular Degeneration

Children are not just small adults. They cannot always say what is bothering them. They cannot always answer medical questions and are not always able to be patient and cooperative during a medical examination. Dr. Jeff Carlsen and the Pediatric Team at Johnson City Eye Clinic know how to examine and treat children in a way that makes them relaxed and cooperative. In addition, Dr. Carlsen uses equipment specially designed for children. Our offices are arranged and decorated with children in mind. This includes the examination rooms and waiting rooms, which may have toys, videos, and reading materials for children. This helps create a comfortable and nonthreatening environment for your child. If your pediatrician suggests that your child have his eyes checked, Dr. Carlsen has the widest range of treatment options, the most extensive and comprehensive training, and the greatest expertise in dealing with children and in treating children’s eye disorders.

Types of treatments provided by the Pediatric Team at Johnson City Eye Clinic

  • Comprehensive Eye exams
  • Diagnose, treat, and manage children’s eye problems
  • Surgery, microsurgery, and laser surgery (for problems like weak eye muscles, crossed eyes, wandering eyes, blocked tear ducts, retinal problems, and infections)
  • Diagnose problems of the eye caused by diseases of the body such as diabetes or juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) and other medical and neurological diseases
  • Diagnose visual processing disorders
  • Care for eye injuries which may include plastic or reconstructive surgery

    Retinal detachments can be caused by disease or injury and involve a segment of the retina actually being separated or peeling away from the back wall of the eye. This usually results in the immediate loss (partial or complete) of vision.

    Retinal Detachments

    Vitreous disorders are usually characterized by floaters or cloudy vision. Floaters are particles suspended in the vitreous gel, however, they do not represent a danger to your vision. The most common cause of clouding is a hemorrhage (bleeding inside the eye).

    If you have AMD and are being treated with LUCENTIS®, there may be financial assistance available. The specialists at LUCENTIS® Access Solutions™ are here to help find a way for you to get the LUCENTIS® (ranibizumab injection) your doctor has prescribed, even if you have a problem paying for it.

    If you have no insurance, or you are effectively uninsured because your health insurance plan denies you coverage for LUCENTIS, you can apply to the Genentech® Access to Care Foundation for help.

        Vitreous disorders are usually characterized by floaters or cloudy vision. Floaters are particles suspended in the vitreous gel, however, they do not represent a danger to your vision. The most common cause of clouding is a hemorrhage (bleeding inside the eye).

        If you have AMD and are being treated with LUCENTIS®, there may be financial assistance available. The specialists at LUCENTIS® Access Solutions™ are here to help find a way for you to get the LUCENTIS® (ranibizumab injection) your doctor has prescribed, even if you have a problem paying for it.

        If you have no insurance, or you are effectively uninsured because your health insurance plan denies you coverage for LUCENTIS, you can apply to the Genentech® Access to Care Foundation for help.