Diabetes Mellitus and Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is the alteration of the retina generated by diabetes mellitus. This disease is increasing in the number of people affected by it worldwide and an estimated 415 million adults have diabetes at the present time. The increase in diabetes will have consequences with a significant increase in cases of diabetic retinopathy. According to the [...]

What is the optic nerve and how does it work?

The optic nerve is responsible for transmitting the signals that the eye perceives to our brain. The brain will then interpret these signals coming from external stimuli in order to form a mental image of what we are seeing. The optic nerve is composed of approximately 1.2 million axons that originate in the retina's ganglion [...]

What is vision therapy? A specialised treatment for children with ‘lazy eye’

We say that a child has a lazy eye or suffers from amblyopia when one or both eyes have decreased vision. It is a delay in the development of the visual function that can be due to injuries, diseases of the eye or visual pathway, refractive errors (myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism) or a squint (strabismus). In [...]

Patients with AMD must do all they can to protect their macula

In the same way that sensitive skin needs sunscreen, people who have been diagnosed with macular degeneration, should do all they can to protect their eyes from the sun, especially the macula. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a degenerative disease affecting the central part of the retina, the macula, whose function is to provide the [...]

Vision problems while driving

Before getting behind the wheel it is important to consider the health of our eyes. Very often driving at high speed means you need to see things much more quickly, so it is advisable to drive at a lower speed. The eye has to quickly adapt to an environment in which its surroundings change faster [...]

Dr. Marta Figueroa invited to XXX Jules Gonin Club meeting

Dr. Marta S. Figueroa participated last weekend at the thirtieth meeting of the Jules Gonin Club held in Bordeaux. This international meeting is held every three years and its members are a small group of retina experts who discuss developments in the treatment of retinal diseases. Dr. Marta S. Figueroa was invited to moderate a [...]

Blepharoplasty: A simple operation that improves the appearance and functionality of the eyelids

Blepharoplasty is a widespread technique for the treatment of excess skin and/or fat associated with the upper eyelids. This technique achieves not only a rejuvenation of the patient's appearance but also an improvement in the field of vision by eliminating the feeling of heaviness of the upper eyelid. It is a simple technique undertaken on [...]

Nystagmus can be caused by excess alcohol consumption

El nistagmus es un movimiento involuntario, rápido y repetitivo de los ojos. Por lo general, el movimiento es de lado a lado, pero también puede ser hacia arriba y hacia abajo o circular. El movimiento puede variar entre lento y rápido, y por lo general afecta a ambos ojos.

First meeting of RETINA IBERICA: A boost to the joint work of retinologists in Spain and Portugal

  On 2nd July, Spain and Portugal, neighbouring countries with close relations, held the first meeting of Retina Ibérica. The event was created and organised by Dr. Angela Carneiro and Prof. José María Ruiz Moreno and it had the enthusiastic cooperation of SERV (Spanish Vitreoretinal Society), the Portuguese Ophthalmology Society (SPO) and the Portuguese Vitreoretinal [...]

Eye care tips while on holiday

The arrival of summer means a greater daily exposure to sunlight. We all know how to protect our skin from the sun and we are aware of the hazards arising from exposure to the sun without protection, but what about our eyes? Our eyes are very sensitive to the sun but we are not normally [...]

The new Smile laser: the latest technique for operations for near-sightedness and astigmatism

The new SMILE laser allows operations on patients with myopia of over five dioptres and up to twelve dioptres more safely and effectively, and ensures greater structural stability in the cornea in the long run. In addition, complications of dry eye are reduced as the surgery is minimally invasive. The SMILE technique is the most [...]

Sport and damage to the eyes: how to prevent it?

Practising sport is one of the most common causes of injury to the eyes, especially among children and young adults. Every year thousands of people suffer eye injuries in Spain while doing sport. Among the sports that tend to involve more risk are those known as "contact sports": boxing, fencing, karate, judo, taekwondo, etc., which [...]

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