New York Retina and Macula Institute
Aryeh L. Pollack, MD
Vitreoretinal and Macula Surgeon & Medical Retina Specialist located in Midtown Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY
Gradual vision loss is common among elderly men and women, but if you experience sudden vision loss, it could indicate a more serious underlying eye disease. At New York Retina and Macula Institute, with New York City offices in Midtown East Manhattan and Borough Park in Brooklyn, Aryeh L. Pollack, MD, is a board-certified ophthalmologist and retinal surgeon who diagnoses the cause of your vision loss. Dr. Pollack uses cutting-edge treatments and diagnostic tools so you can rest assured you’re getting the highest level of care. Call to schedule an exam or book online.
Vision Loss Q & A
What causes vision loss?
Changes in vision are a normal part of the aging process, but serious eye conditions may also be contributing factors to partial or complete vision loss. The most common causes of vision loss in men and women over 40 years old include:
- Diabetic retinopathy, which occurs when you have unmanaged diabetes and high blood sugar levels
- Glaucoma, which occurs when too much pressure builds up inside your eye
- Macular degeneration, or age-related changes to your macula – the central part of your retina that allows you to focus clearly
- Cataracts, or a clouding of your eye’s lens
Eye trauma, infections, and illnesses may also lead to gradual or sudden vision loss. Sudden vision loss may indicate a retinal detachment or a retinal tear at the back of your eye. Sudden vision loss may also indicate a blockage of one of the arteries in your eye.
If you experience sudden vision loss, seek immediate medical attention, as it is considered an emergency situation.
How can I prevent vision loss?
It is possible to prevent some types of vision loss. For example, if you have diabetes that’s causing diabetic retinopathy, you can help prevent vision loss by getting your blood sugar levels under control, eating healthier, losing weight, and quitting smoking if applicable. You might also be able to prevent cataracts that lead to vision loss by wearing polarized sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays.
Unfortunately, gradual, age-related vision loss isn’t preventable, but you can get effective treatments and updated glasses prescriptions to help you see clearly as you get older.
How does an ophthalmologist treat vision loss?
Your treatment depends on the underlying cause of your vision loss. Dr. Pollack at New York Retina and Macula Institute conducts thorough eye exams using the latest technologies and equipment. Once he accurately diagnoses the cause of your vision loss, he can recommend effective treatment solutions.
Since Dr. Pollack is an ophthalmologist who specializes in retinal surgery, he can also perform any necessary procedures to help restore your vision.
Are you concerned about vision loss or experiencing symptoms of waning vision? Call New York Retina and Macula Institute to schedule an exam or request the next available appointment online.