The retina is a multi-layered sensory tissue that lines the back of the eye and connects the visual images that you see to the brain via the optic nerve. The retina has millions of photoreceptors that capture light rays and convert them into electrical impulses. These impulses actually travel along the optic nerve to the brain where they are turned into images. Any type of disruption in the traveling of these images to the brain results in vision loss or distorted vision. The central part of the retina, called the “macula” is the most sensitive aspect. If this macula is affected by disease seeing can become very difficult. The macula is responsible for your accuracy vision, allowing you to read or recognize a person.

Tennessee Retina Eye Doctors

Donny Reeves, MD is a board certified Tennessee ophthalmologist with experience in diagnosing and treating eye diseases of the retina. Paramount to his retina eye work is the emphasis on regular eye exams if you are suffering from retina problems or are diabetic. Retina eye exams can save vision and prevent blindness. 

Why are retina eye exams important? 

Retina is an extension of the brain. Much like the brain tissue, retina cannot regenerate. Diseases of the vitreous and retina can cause permanent blindness, therefore getting regular eye exams is critical for long term eye care. Our Tennessee retina eye doctor will spend a lot of time looking through your pupil at the vitreous, retina and other structures located inside the back portion of the eye. In order to adequately see the retina we will need to dilate eyes prior to a retinal examination. First the pupils are dilated using eye drops (this allows a complete retinal examination). The retina is examined using various instruments that throw a strong light in to the eye. Most patients do not experience any discomfort except for some glare.Early and adequate treatment can stop further damage to the retina and result in better outcome. Retinal eye exams allow early detection and treatment of retinal disorders. 

Retina Conditions & Diseases 

  • Retinal Vein and Artery Occlusion
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Macular Hole/Pucker
  • Ocular Malignancies - Retinoblastoma, Choroidal Melanoma
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa

The Tennessee retina eye doctors at Reeves Eye Institute treat many serious disorders affecting the retina and associated structures. If you would like to more information regarding retina eye conditions please feel free to visit our web pages on diabetic eye care and retinal diseases