Retinal Infection Treatment in Des Plaines, IL
Retinitis is an inflammatory disease of the eye that threatens your vision. It affects your retina, the light-sensitive part of the eye responsible for creating the images you see. Infectious retinitis, commonly referred to as a retinal infection, is retinitis as the result of an infection due to a virus, fungi or bacteria. Left untreated, an infection of the retina could lead to permanent vision loss. Retinal infection treatment will be dependent upon the underlying cause of the infection and the current state of your immune system.
To schedule an appointment with an ophthalmologist in Des Plaines that specializes in retinal infection treatment, call (847) 824-3127 or contact Dr. James Katz online.
Retinal Infection Causes
There can be many possibilities for the cause of a retinal infection and these infections are not exclusive to immunocompromised individuals, although certain causes are driven by a poorly functioning immune system. Some of the main causes of infectious retinitis include:
- Viral infection like herpes simplex virus (HSV), herpes zoster virus (HZV) and cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinitis
- Bacterial and fungal infections like endogenous fungal retinitis (which is caused by factors inside the body), exogenous fungal retinitis (which is caused by ocular trauma or surgery) and candida yeast
- Parasites such as T. gondii which create a very dangerous retinal infection referred to as ocular toxoplasmosis
- Cat-scratch disease
- Lyme disease
Heredity can also influence the likelihood of developing a retinal infection, especially if the mother was infected during pregnancy or childbirth, or if there is a family history of immune-related problems.
Retinal Infection Symptoms
Depending upon the pathogen driving your infectious retinitis, your retinal infection symptoms may vary. Symptoms can gradually manifest or appear suddenly and include:
- Blurred vision
- Peripheral vision loss
- Light sensitivity
- Red, painful eyes
Retinal Infection Diagnosis
Your healthcare provider will conduct a thorough eye exam, which will include dilating your eyes. It can also include gathering a sample of your eye fluid (intraocular fluid samples), blood sample or cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) for analysis. Your healthcare provider may also choose to conduct an optical coherence tomography (OCT) test. With this particular test, your healthcare provider will use a special camera that photographs your retina and measures its thickness. Early diagnosis of a retinal infection is key in preserving vision and starting prompt and effective treatment.
Retinal Infection Treatment
The primary focus in treating a retina infection is to preserve as much vision as possible, for as long as possible. Likely, treatment will focus on the cause of the infection. Your healthcare provider may recommend taking supplements such as vitamin A, lutein and omega-3 fish oil to preserve your vision and to minimize damage to the retina. It is also important to strengthen the immune system, particularly in immunocompromised individuals through supplementation, immunotherapy, diet and other lifestyle choices.
Depending on your situation, your healthcare provider may also recommend medicinal eye injections, oral or intravenous medications, antibiotics or laser surgery. He or she will discuss your treatment options with you in detail at the time of your appointment.
Schedule a consultation with an ophthalmologist in Des Plaines to help you with your retina infection treatment! Call (847) 824-3127 or contact Dr. James Katz online..
The Midwest Center for Sight
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