The retina is a specialized neurological tissue that lines the inside of the eye like wall paper. As light passes into the eye, it is focused onto the retina. The nerve cells in the retina translate the light energy into nerve impulses that are then transmitted along the nerve fibers through the optic nerve to the brain where the impulses are decoded and interpreted as images. Without a healthy, properly functioning retina we cannot see even if the rest of the eye is normal. There are many diseases that can affect the retina, most commonly macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, hypertension retinopathy, macular puckering/pre-retinal membranes, and retinal detachments to name a few.
At the Zion Eye Institute, we have multiple fellowship-trained retina specialists that are among the most experienced in all of Utah. Our team of specialists is highly skilled with the most advanced retina treatments available, including intraocular injections with Lucentis or Avastin for macular degeneration, laser therapy for diabetic/hypertensive retinopathy, vitrectomy surgery for macular pucker/pre-retinal membrane removal, and scleral buckle surgery for retinal detachment repair.