At the Black Hills Regional Eye Institute, we have vast experience treating a variety of retinal conditions in Rapid City. Dr. Prema Abraham and the other physicians of the Retina Center at the Eye Institute have extensive training and skill in caring for patients with many different types of retinal conditions, which allows us to offer a full range of retinal services to our patients.

Retina Diagram

Diagram of the Retina

Treatments for Retinal Conditions

  • Treatment of Wet Macular Degeneration – Abnormal blood vessel growth causes leakage in the eye, leading to rapid vision loss if left untreated. Injections, as well as PDT, can help treat the degeneration.
  • Treatment of Dry Macular Degeneration – Atrophy of the epithelial layer below the retina causes vision loss in the central part of the eye. Injections and vitamin supplements have been shown to slow the degeneration.
  • Treatment for Diabetic Retinopathy – Excess glucose in the bloodstream causes the capillaries in the back of the eye to swell and leak fluid, eventually causing blindness. Laser surgery has been shown to slow the progression of the disease.
  • Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) – PDT is approved to treat macular degeneration. The treatment uses a photosensitizing drug along with a red laser to kill damaged or infected, and often cancerous, cells in the eye.
  • Treatment for Retinal Tears and Detachment – When the retina is torn or peeled away from the supporting tissues, it can become detached without rapid treatment. Several treatment options are available, including laser surgery and injections.
  • Retinal Injections – We proudly utilize Lucentis®, Avastin®, Ozurdex®, and EYLEA® for our patients with retinal conditions.

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Retina Anatomy & Function

Learn More about Retinal Conditions

Early diagnosis and treatment of retinal conditions are crucial to preventing permanent vision damage or loss. Routine eye exams are critical as people age, especially if there are other potential risk factors involved, such as diabetes. Please contact us today to schedule a personal consultation with one of our expert physicians to be evaluated for potential retinal conditions at our Rapid City, Eye Institute.

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An Eye Exam Overview