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Florida Eye Specialists and Cataract Institute is a renowned treatment center for all diseases and conditions of the retina. We use the latest technologies to examine, diagnose and treat all types of problems, and our doctors are some of the most highly-trained and experienced in their field.

The retina is the light-sensitive layer at the back of the eye. Acting like film in a camera, it has a layer of light-sensitive photoreceptor cells. These cells also detect qualities such as color and light intensity. It also converts images that come through the eye’s lens into electrical signals. It then sends these impulses to the brain via the optic nerve for visual recognition.


  • Flashes or floaters in the field of vision
  • Double vision
  • Reduction of vision
  • Shadow or curtain forming in side vision

Our doctors and staff deliver your eye care with a personal service that’s second to none. We consider our patients an extension of our family, and treat you the same way

Gregory Henderson - Founder

The retina plays a vital role in your vision, and damage to it can lead to permanent blindness. That’s why an annual comprehensive eye exam is so important.

During a comprehensive dilated eye exam, we use instruments such as an ophthalmoscope to see through the pupil and lens. Normally red due to its rich blood supply, we look for any changes in the color or appearance in the retina that could indicate a disease. If you experience changes in sharpness or color perception, flashes of lights, floaters, or distortion in vision you should get an examination immediately.

Your retina is susceptible to a variety of diseases and conditions including:

  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Eye Cancers (Ocular Melanoma and Retinoblastoma)
  • Flashing Lights and Floaters
  • Inherited Retinal Degenerations
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Retinal Tear
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa
  • Uveitis
Detached Retina and Torn Retina

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Retinal Detachment

Your retina is attached to a gel-like substance called the vitreous which makes up for most of the eye’s volume. The vitreous can becomes thinner and waterier as we age. A change in its shape can cause it to pull away from the retina producing a tear. This leaves the retina unprotected, allowing fluid to travel between the retina and the wall causing retinal detachment.

In most cases, retinal detachment is a slowly progressing issue and needs be treated once the symptoms are discovered. A sudden decrease in vision, large increases in the amount of “floaters” in vision, or the manifestation of bright flashes in your side vision are cues to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists at our office as soon as possible. Retinal detachment can also be a complication of cataract surgery.

If you experience central vision loss, progression of a dense shadow throughout the visual field or an unnatural curving of straight lines, especially as the result of a head trauma, we recommend that go to an emergency room as quickly as possible. Retinal detachment is a medical emergency because it can lead to permanent blindness.

At Florida Eye Specialists and Cataract Institute, we treat retinal detachment in several ways. These include the latest advances in cryotherapy, photocoagulation and pneumatic retinopexy, as well as other procedures.

Retinal Tear

Retinal tears may occur in patients with nearsightedness (myopia), as it can cause the vitreous to pull away from the retina. Although a retinal tear does not cause pain, it can cause flashes or floaters in the field of vision, a reduction of vision, a shadow or curtain forming in side vision, or other vision changes. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should schedule a retinal examination immediately.

Early detection and prompt treatment of a retinal tear can often prevent the retina from detaching. Retinal tears are successfully treated with lasers to seal the retina to the tissue underneath. At Florida Eye Specialists and Cataract Institute, our treatments for a retinal tear are very effective in relieving symptoms and preventing retinal detachment.

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