Macular and retinal diseases are some of the most common eye conditions optometrists see, and each year advances in associated treatments allow ODs to expand the care they provide.
Mohammad Rafieetary, OD, FAAO (moderator); Richard Hamilton, MD; and John Randolph, MD, (presenters) reviewed some of the latest advances in macular and retinal disease management during a lecture at the Retina Scientific Group (SIG) symposium at the American Academy of Optometry 2019 meeting in Orlando.
Inherited retinal diseases and etiologies
Treatment of macular and retinal diseases begins with understanding etiologies. Inherited macular dystrophies are a growing concern for optometrists because many are complex and can manifest symptoms outside of the retina itself.
“It isn’t just the retina; sometimes the vitreous, the retinal pigment epithelium, and the choroid present problems,” Dr. Hamilton says.