Idiopathic Juxtafoveal Telangiectasis, also known by the acronym JFT, is a condition of the eye which involves abnormal development in the blood vessels that form in the center of your retina (the fovea). The fovea is the area responsible for reading and deciphering others’ faces, as it allows your vision to be as sharp as possible.
When these abnormal blood vessels occur in your fovea, they may branch out abnormally as well. This causes fluid (or in some cases blood) to leak into your retina, causing damage to the area and affecting its ability to detect light. There are three “types” of JFT, but most patients are affected by JFT Type 2.
Researchers are still learning more every day about JFT, but for most patients, the exact cause of this condition is unknown (idiopathic). In fact, in the eyes of many patients who struggle with JFT, the small abnormal blood vessels that define the condition -- also known as telangiectasias -- are not visible in the retina themselves. If you have JFT, Dr. Parvus will instead recognize the retinal damage caused by the telangiectasias.
Some of the most common symptoms of JFT include:
In some cases, Dr. Parvus may find evidence of JFT before any symptoms have presented at all. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with Dr. Parvus as soon as possible.
As we’ve said before, the definitive cause of JFT is unknown to researchers at this time; however, there are several factors that can put you at an increased risk for this condition. These factors are:
It is important to note that JFT seems to affect patients equally regardless of gender and that the problem tends to affect both eyes instead of just one.
At Infinity Retina, we always recommend that our patients first address any underlying conditions or factors that could be contributing to JFT, including diabetes.
While some cases of JFT will result in permanent vision loss, Dr. Parvus can provide successful treatment if blood and fluid are still present at the time of diagnosis. Dr. Parvus can administer an injection of anti-VEGF medication into your eye, or provide laser treatment directly to your retina.
Each patient is unique, and Dr. Parvus will work directly with you to determine the treatment plan that suits your needs best.
Idiopathic Juxtafoveal Telangiectasis, otherwise known as JFT, is a condition that can weaken or deplete your vision and worsen over time. If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms listed above and feel you may be struggling with JFT, it’s vital that you schedule an appointment with a certified ophthalmologist as soon as you can for the best possible outcome.
At Infinity Retina, Dr. Britt J. Parvus has the specialized experience to diagnose JFT and help identify any underlying causes of the condition, including diabetes. Using her personalized approach, Dr. Parvus will work directly with you to develop a treatment plan in which you are comfortable and confident.
Think you may have JFT? Don’t wait. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Parvus today.