Dr. Terry E. Robinson has specialized in the care and treatment of the human eye for over 30 years. Vision is an extremely important factor in everyday life experiences. Dr. Robinson is committed to bringing the best vision available to his patients with a wealth of experience and knowledge of eye care services. His particular areas of expertise are described below.
Please consult with Dr. Robinson about your particular condition.
A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens in the eye that affects vision. It causes light to be obstructed or scattered throughout the eye instead of focusing precisely on the retina. Most cataracts are related to aging. Cataracts are very common in older people. By age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery.
Laser eye surgery is a surgical procedure that uses a cool (non-thermal) beam of light to gently reshape the cornea to improve vision. The laser removes microscopic bits of tissue to flatten the cornea (to correct nearsightedness), steepen the cornea (to correct farsightedness) and/or smooth out corneal irregularities (to correct astigmatism).
Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can damage the eye's optic nerve and result in vision loss and blindness. Most studies show that at least half of all people with glaucoma do not know that they have it. Damage from glaucoma cannot be reversed. Glaucoma has no warning signs, and if left untreated, it can cause permanent vision loss. That’s why early detection and treatment are so important.
Age related macular degeneration (AMD) is a common eye condition among people age 50 and older. It is a leading cause of vision loss in older adults. It gradually destroys the macula, the part of the eye that provides sharp, central vision needed for seeing objects clearly. Despite the limited vision, AMD does not cause complete blindness. You will be able to see using your side (peripheral) vision.
Most of the eye's interior is filled with vitreous, a gel-like substance that helps the eye maintain a round shape. There are millions of fine fibers intertwined within the vitreous that are attached to the surface of the retina. As we age, the vitreous slowly shrinks, and these fine fibers pull on the retinal surface. Usually the fibers break, allowing the vitreous to separate and shrink from the retina.
The retina is the light-sensitive layer of tissue that lines the inside of the eye and sends visual messages through the optic nerve to the brain. When the retina detaches, it is lifted or pulled from its normal position. If not promptly treated, retinal detachment can cause permanent vision loss. In some cases there may be small areas of the retina that are torn. These areas, called retinal tears or retinal breaks, can lead to retinal detachment.
Diabetic retinopathy is the most common diabetic eye disease and a leading cause of blindness in American adults. It is caused by changes in the blood vessels of the retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. In some people, blood vessels may swell and leak fluid. In other people, abnormal new blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina. Over time, diabetic retinopathy can get worse and cause vision loss.