Your Retina Specialist in Cleveland

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For patients across the Cleveland region who are seeking care for retina conditions, Envision Ophthalmology & Wellness is here to help empower you with knowledge about your condition and help preserve, improve, and restore your vision. Ophthalmologist Dr. E. Shanika Esparaz is a fellowship-trained medical retinal specialist who treats different conditions through medication and laser therapy.

Why is caring for your retina so important? If you think of your eye as a camera, the retina, a layer of nerve cells lining the ball, functions as the film. When your eye senses light, photoreceptors in the macula of the retina transmit electrical signals to the optic nerve. The optic nerve relays the information for visual processing to the brain, which turns the signals into the images you see. Retinal diseases affect the area of the retina that serves your central vision, disrupting the pathway from the eye to the brain.

Common Retinal Conditions

Many retinal diseases share common symptoms and treatments, but those most often treated by Envision include:

  • Macular degeneration, which causes loss in your center of vision
  • Diabetic eye disease, including diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, glaucoma, and cataracts
  • Retinal vein occlusion, or blocking of the veins in the eye
  • Retinal tears
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How Retina Conditions Are Treated

After Dr. Esparaz evaluates your condition and gets a better picture of your medical history, she can develop a care plan that may include prescription medications, injections, or laser treatment. An overview of each treatment option can be found on our Retina Services page. In addition, because many retina disorders are caused by underlying conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, or high cholesterol, as well as unhealthy habits, Dr. Esparaz, a board-certified lifestyle medicine specialist can create a customized wellness plan to give you greater control over your eye health.

Schedule Your Consultation

Your life doesn’t have to be disrupted by a retinal disease or disorder. Dr. Esparaz can help you get back to your daily activities and monitor your condition over the years to come.

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