Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes. The length of time a patient has diabetes will determine the likelihood of developing diabetic retinopathy. Over 40 percent of patients in the United States, diagnosed with diabetes, have a form of diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy is the most common diabetic eye complication and a leading cause of blindness in American adults.
Diabetic retinopathy causes the blood vessels that supply nourishment to the retina, the light-sensitive lining in the back of the eye where vision is focused, to weaken. These weakened vessels can leak, swell or develop thin branches, causing a loss of vision.
Macular degeneration, also known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a common condition in older adults and the leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 50. Macular degeneration affects the macula, the part of the retina responsible for the crisp, detailed central vision needed for reading or driving. As we age, the tissue in the eye responsible for vision slowly begins to deteriorate which can significantly affect a patient's quality of life.
Certified American Board of Ophthalmology
Fellowship-Trained in Retina
Dr. Scott Anfinson
Dr. Anfinson has been established in the Low Country full-time since 2001 (part-time since 1999) when he opened Affiliated Retina Consultants to meet the needs of this rapidly growing community. He and his staff believe in compassionate, personalized, expert care for all our patients which has resulted in the development of long-lasting meaningful relationships with many of our patients over time. We aim to continue to provide the highest quality eye care in a friendly and comfortable environment throughout the years as the Low Country continues to evolve!
Flashes and Floaters
Flashes and floaters of the eye commonly occur as the result of age-related changes to the vitreous gel. At birth, the vitreous is firmly attached to the retina and is a thick, firm substance without much movement. As we age, the vitreous becomes thinner and more watery, and tissue debris that was once secure in the firm vitreous gel is now able to move around on the inside the eye, casting shadows on the retina.