David Najafi, MD
“I have been serving San Diego as a Vitreoretinal Surgeon for two decades. During that time, I have been treating individuals within all levels of income suffering from Diabetic Retinopathy, Macular Degeneration, Retinal Detachment, Macular Hole, Macular Pucker, Retinal Vascular Diseases, Ocular Trauma, Uveitis, Ocular Tumors and other disease of the eye.”
Diabetic eye disease is a group of eye conditions that can affect people with Diabetes.
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
Diabetic eye disease also includes Cataract and Glaucoma.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration, AMD, is a common eye condition and a leading cause of vision loss among people age 60 and older. It causes damage to the Macula, a small spot near the center of the Retina and the part of the eye needed for sharp, central vision, which lets us see objects that are straight ahead.
A Macular Hole is a small break in the Macula – located in the center of the eye’s light-sensitive tissue called the retina. A Macular Hole can cause blurred and distorted central vision. The Macula provides the sharp, central vision we need for reading, driving, and seeing fine detail. Macular Holes are a condition related to aging and occur in people over age 60.
A Macular Pucker is scar tissue that has formed on the eye’s Macula, located in the center of the light-sensitive tissue called the Retina. The Macula provides the sharp, central vision we need for reading, driving, and seeing fine detail. A Macular Pucker can cause blurred and distorted central vision.
Most of the eye’s interior is filled with vitreous, a gel-like substance, that contains millions of fine fibers that are attached to the surface of the retina. As we age, the vitreous slowly shrinks and pulls away from the retinal surface. This is called a vitreous detachment, and is normal.
Ocular tumors are tumors inside the eye. They are collections of cells that grow and multiply abnormally and form masses, which can be benign or malignant.
Retinal Vein Occlusions occur when there is a blockage of veins carrying blood with needed oxygen and nutrients away from the nerve cells in the retina.
The Retina is the light-sensitive layer of tissue that lines the back wall of the eye and sends visual messages through the optic nerve to the brain, allowing you to see. Many conditions can lead to a Retinal Detachment, in which the Retina separates from the back wall of the eye, like wallpaper peeling off a wall.
Central Serous Retinopathy is a condition where fluid builds up behind the Retina. The build-up of liquid can cause the Retina to detach and this can cause vision problems. In the early stages, a person is likely to notice blurry vision.
Complex Ocular Conditions can be treated by various treatments, such as surgeries and/or specialized procedures. The list includes:
- Glaucoma Surgery
- Cataract and Refractive Surgery
- Diabetic Retinopathy Surgery
- Macular Degeneration Surgery
Systemic diseases that commonly affect the eye:
- Diabetes Mellitus
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Multiple sclerosis
Uveitis refers generally to a range of conditions that cause inflammation of the middle layer of the eye, the Uvea, and surrounding tissues.
Ocular Trauma is one of the most under-recognized causes of vision loss in the developed world. Blunt or penetrating ocular trauma can lead to vision loss through Cataract or Glaucoma.
“Dr Najafi is a highly trained specialist with an impressive resume. He is very kind, caring and takes ample time to explain your eye problems. I can’t say enough good things about him.”
“It was such a blessing having Dr. Najafi as a surgeon after a terrible retinal detachment…The dr there told me I have a 90 degree 50% Rip and if I can keep any of this vision at all it would be a miracle. Dr. Najafi met with me on a SUNDAY! He kindly opened his practice on his day off to meet with me and we did the surgery on that Monday. “
“Dr Najafi saved my eyesight by knowing the subtle symptoms my baby blues were showing. He and his team are so caring and treat me like family. I have even flown in just to see him when I lived on the East Coast so I had the same doc caring for one of the most precious things we have, our sight!”