April is National Retina Awareness Month!

April is National Retina Awareness Month!

Warning Signs of a Damaged Retina

If you feel you are having issues with your retina, it is extremely important to contact one of our Memphis ophthalmologists. The longer retinal detachment goes untreated, the greater your risk of permanent vision loss in the affected eye. Warning signs of retinal detachment include the sudden appearance of floaters and flashes and reduced vision. Another sign is seeing a shadow or a curtain descending from the top of the eye or across from the side. A thorough eye exam will be conducted along with specific testing to help diagnosis your symptoms.

Surgery is almost always used to repair a retinal tear, hole or detachment. Various techniques are available. Ask your ophthalmologist about the risks and benefits of your treatment options. Together you can determine what procedure or combination of procedures is best for you.

The Best Foods for Eye Health

  • Green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, and collards.
  • Salmon, tuna, and other oily fish.
  • Eggs, nuts, beans, and other nonmeat protein sources.
  • Oranges and other citrus fruits or juices.
  • Oysters and pork.

6 Tips to Keep Your Eyes Healthy:

  • Eat well
  • Quit Smoking
  • Wear Sunglasses
  • Use Safety Eye Wear
  • Look Away From the Computer Screen
  • Visit Your Eye Doctor Regularly.

Information courtesy of the American Ophthalmology Association and the National Optometric Association.

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