Retinal Diseases and Disorders

Did you know that Northwest Eye offers full-time care for every type of retinal disorder? We’ve expanded our appointment availability to ensure we accommodate every patient. From initial assessment to ongoing treatments, Be Eye Wise and see how Northwest Eye makes it easier to treat your retinal disorder.

Retinal disorders we treat:
Macular Degeneration
Diabetic Retinopathy
Retinal tears/retinal detachment
• Retinal vascular occlusion
• Inflammatory eye disease (or ocular inflammation)
• Macular Edema

Unlike the vast majority of eye ailments, retinal disorders cannot be treated with a single procedure. Once a condition develops, retinal disorders require ongoing clinical treatment and care. This means access to clinic appointments and care is as important as the patient-doctor relationship.

That’s why Northwest Eye is excited to announce the addition of Dr. Marni G. Feldmann to our staff of prestigious doctors. Dr. Feldmann is a renowned ophthalmologist specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of retinal diseases, with a special interest in age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal vascular diseases. Northwest Eye has expanded our retinal clinic availability to provide you with the best care plan possible. Dr. Feldmann will be seeing patients at our Golden Valley location Monday – Thursday.

Macular Degeneration

Be Eye Wise and learn that macular degeneration is a degenerative eye condition that affects the inner part of your retina and distinguishes fine details. When the macula slowly deteriorates (macular degeneration), it causes mild to severe vision loss.

There are two main types of macular degeneration:

Wet Macular Degeneration occurs when blood vessels grow beneath the retina, leaking blood and other fluid into the retina.

Dry Macular Degeneration occurs when the macular thins.

To learn more about what macular degeneration is and the two main types of macular degeneration, watch the video below:

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Symptoms of macular degeneration can be:

  • Blurred, dimmed, or fuzzy vision.
  • Dark or empty areas in the center of your vision.
  • The appearance of straight lines (such as telephone poles, sentences on a page,    etc.) as being wavy.

Causes of macular degeneration can be:

  • Increasing age (especially over the age of 40).
  • You have a family history of the disease.
  • Certain nutritional/metabolic deficiencies.
  • Excessive exposure to UV radiation.


Be Eye Wise and understand that keratoconus is a progressive eye disease that causes the corneal tissue to thin and lose its shape. So instead of a gentle dome shape, the cornea becomes cone-shaped. This interferes with its ability to focus light onto the retina, which causes blurry vision and other visual disturbances.

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Symptoms of keratoconus can be:

  • Blurry and distorted vision.
  • Clouding of the vision.
  • Sensitivity to light.
  • Poor night vision.
  • Headaches (from eye strain).
  • Difficulty discerning close-up images.

Causes of keratoconus can be:

  • An eye injury, such as excessive eye rubbing or wearing hard contact lenses for many years.
  • Certain eye diseases, such as retinitis pigmentosa, retinopathy of prematurity and vernal keratoconjunctivitis.
  • Systemic diseases, such as Leber’s congenital amaurosis, Ehlers- Danlos syndrome, Down syndrome, and osteogenesis imperfecta.
  • Headaches from eye strain.
  • Difficulty discerning close-up images.

Treatment of keratoconus includes:

• Eyeglasses for treating early-stage keratoconus (usually requires frequent changes in your astigmatism prescription).
• Contact lenses for mild to moderate keratoconus (options include a soft lens, Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) and scleral lenses).
• Corneal implants to help flatten and reshape the cornea.
• Corneal transplants that replace the damaged cornea with healthy donor tissue. This is the best option for late-stage keratoconus or if contact lenses won’t work.
• Corneal cross-linking through an investigational study.

To learn all you can about the retina, keratoconus, macular degeneration, and which treatment option is best for your condition, please schedule an appointment with a Northwest Eye physician. Be Eye Wise. Because the more you know, the better you see.