Kenneth O. Sparks, M.D.
Vitreo-Retinal Surgery & Ophthalmology

Appointments online or call 323-655-8036
Services & Treatments


 

Retinal Surgery & Opthalmology Services

Our Beverly Hills Opthalmology Center offers the very latest advances in the diagnosis and treatment of various retinal conditions and diseases, including: Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, AIDS-related eye diseases, Glaucoma, Detached or Torn Retinas, Macular Holes, Retinal Bleeding, and Ocular Inflammatory Diseases.

If you are suffering from any type of retinal disease or condition, do not hesitate to call our office today. Our professional and caring staff will make sure your visit is as comfortable and relaxing as possible. Whether you need a routine retinal exam or must have worrisome symptoms evaluated, Dr. Sparks will thoroughly examine your eyes in order to begin any treatment you may need.
We provide numerous retinal surgeries and treatments: laser therapy, retinal laser treatment and vitrectomy surgery, as well as medications and injections for various types of retinal diseases. With over two decades of experience, Dr. Sparks is prepared to offer advanced treatment of whatever retinal conditions you may have.

We understand how important your vision is to you. Our goal is to serve you in the most courteous, efficient, and professional manner possible. Call our office today at 323-655-8036 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Kenneth Sparks. Your eyes will thank you.



Common Diseases of The Retina

The eye is a highly complex organ that processes and relays visual images to the brain. The inner layer of the eye, or retina, is essential to good vision because it receives the picture before it is sent to the brain via the optic nerve. The retina is composed of millions of tiny nerve cells and fibers, and is nourished by an intricate network of blood vessels. Tissue-thin and extremely sensitive, the retina may be damaged by illness, injury or even by the normal processes associated with aging.

Retinal Detachment

Retinal detachment refers to the separation of the outer-most layers of the retina from the wall of the eye. It usually occurs when a tear in the retina allows eye fluid to seep between the two structures. Detachment is often caused by the gradual deterioration and tearing of the retina with time, but nearsightedness and trauma may also contribute. Symptoms may include a shower of black spots, light flashes, and a curtain-like obstruction in vision.

Treatment of a retinal detachment involves bonding the retinal layers through surgery or the use of laser or freezing. Early diagnosis and treatment can restore normal vision in a majority of cases.

Diabetic Retinopathy

A leading cause of new blindness in adults, diabetic retinopathy results when the blood vessels at the back of the eye deteriorate. If leaking blood or fluid damages the retina, vision becomes blurred or distorted.

Although long-term diabetics are particularly at risk of developing retinopathy, the condition may actually be the first sign that diabetes has developed. Early diagnosis and treatment is key to controlling diabetic retinopathy; for this reason, it is recommended that diabetic patients have a thorough eye examination by an ophthalmologist once a year.

The most common form of treatment for retinopathy is laser photocoagulation. During the procedure, a high intensity beam of light seals the leaking blood vessels and causes regression of abnormal vessel growth.

Photocoagulation may prevent further damage if retinopathy is diagnosed early. To this end, we work closely with other medical providers to control the progression of diabetes.

Macular Degeneration

The macula is a small portion of the retina that makes fine, distinct vision possible. Degeneration of the macula may result if the retina's light and pigment cells are damaged in any way, such as through leakage from blood vessels behind the retina. Macular degeneration usually results in a gradual loss of central vision. There are several types of treatment, including Laser Photocoagulation. We also offer the very latest FDA approved treatments for Neovascular Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD), including Lucentis/Avastin injection therapy (anti-VEGF), and Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) with Visudyne (Verteporfin for injection). Please call us for more information about these treatments.

Patients with macular degeneration should check the vision in each eye on a daily basis. Any loss in central or reading vision should be reported promptly to the patient's ophthalmologist. Although advanced macular degeneration cannot always be cured, the progression of the disease can often be substantially halted and peripheral vision can usually be preserved. With the assistance of low-vision aids, many patients can lead active, meaningful lifestyles.
Macular Degeneration
Age-related Macular degeneration (AMD) typically affects older adults.
 
Uveitis
Uveitis refers to the inflammation of the uvea. It also may refer to any type of inflammation to the interior of the eye and not just the uvea.
 
Diabetic Retinopathy
High blood-sugar levels can damage retinal blood vessels in the back of the eye.
 
Glaucoma Treatment
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases characterized by damage to the optic nerve.