Diseases and Conditions

Age Related Macular Degeneration

Diabetic Macular Edema

Retinal Occlusions




The National Institute on Aging notes that as our population continues to grow older the likelihood of experiencing vision loss significantly increases. Our overall goal at West Texas Retina Consultants is to retain or improve vision to allow continued independence and overall functioning of a person with vision loss.

Our providers have been working on educational materials to help you to become knowledgable about the diseases/conditions that affect the retina. We will outline the most common retina and vitreous diseases, symptoms, and current and future treatments available. Please feel free to browse the buttons to the left.

The Retina

The Retina

The retina is comprised of a thin layer of nerve fibers lining the inner area of the eye. It functions much like the film in a camara. Light rays enter through the lens and are received by the retina, which converts the rays into electrical signal. Once the signal is transferred to the brain, an image is formed. The macula is the central area of the vision which houses the most concentrated region of cones, and is responsible for fine, detail vision, and lutein pigment, which helps protect the area from free radical formation.

Special thanks to National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health

Integrated Clinical Research, LLC
dba Retina Research Institute of Texas

Sunil S. Patel, M.D., Ph.D.
S. Young Lee, M.D.
5441 Health Center Dr.
Abilene, Texas 79606
Phone: 325-690-4414
Toll free: 800-810-7411
Fax: 325-690-4452