Daniel K Bennett, MD was born and raised in Burke, Virginia. He completed his fellowship in vitreo-retinal surgery at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, Alabama, and residency in ophthalmology at the Hamilton Eye Institute in Memphis, Tennessee. He received his bachelor’s and medical school degrees from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Dr. Bennett specializes in the evaluation and treatment of diseases of the retina and vitreous. He welcomes all patients and is committed to providing excellent care to those with a broad spectrum of retinal problems, including diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration.
Macular degeneration is a deterioration or breakdown of the macula. The macula is a small area in the retina at the back of the eye that allows you to see clearly. When the macula is not functioning correctly, your central vision can be affected by blurriness, distortion or dark areas. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of severe vision loss in the United States in people 65 years or older.
Many older people develop macular degeneration as part of the body’s natural aging process. The most common form of macular degeneration is age-related macular degeneration (AMD). There are two common types of AMD. Most people (about 90%) have a form of AMD called “atrophic” or “dry” AMD, which develops when the tissues of the macula grow thin with age. Dry AMD usually causes a slow loss of vision.
A second smaller group of people (about 10%) have a more serious condition called “exudative” or “wet” AMD. Wet AMD occurs when abnormal blood vessels grow underneath the retina. These unhealthy vessels leak blood and fluid, which can scar the macula. For patients with wet AMD, vision loss may be rapid and severe.
If you have Diabetes your body does not utilize sugar properly, and when sugar levels rise, damage to the blood vessels in the retina may occur. This damage is known as diabetic retinopathy and is currently a leading cause of blindness in adults in the United States.