Retina & Vitreous

The retina is the light-sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye. Light rays are focused onto the retina through the cornea, pupil and lens. The retina converts these light rays into electrical impulses that travel through the optic nerve to the brain, where they are interpreted as the images we see. 

The macula is the very sensitive central area of the retina, where we get our best vision.

The vitreous is a gel-like substance that is behind the lens and in front of the retina and is attached to the retina.

Physicians who specialize in the retina and vitreous diagnose, manage, and surgically treat diseases of these highly sensitive parts of the eye. These diseases include retinal detachment, tears, and holes; diabetic retinopathy; vitreous detachment and hemorrhage; macular holes, macular puckers, age-related macular degeneration, and many others.

Common Conditions

Wheaton Eye Clinic physicians treat numerous disorders of the retina and vitreous.  Some examples of the more common retinal disorders that are treated include the following: