The EyeDoctors Optometrists team is composed of experienced eye doctors who utilize cutting-edge technology to perform comprehensive eye exams. They also help diagnose and treat various eye conditions, such as macular degeneration.
Our doctors are skilled in detecting and treating macular degeneration. They will create a treatment plan that is best for preserving their patients' vision.
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Macular degeneration is an eye disease affecting the macula (the center of the light-sensitive retina at the back of the eye). This typically causes loss or blurriness of the central vision. The disease usually occurs as you get older, so it’s commonly referred to as age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision impairment and loss for those 60 and above.
Macular degeneration primarily happens in older adults due to the natural wear of vision as you age as tissues in the eye weaken. While AMD primarily affects adults, it can happen to those with family history of the condition or to smokers.
The disease doesn’t cause total blindness, but does blur vision. The macular degeneration specialists at The EyeDoctors Optometrists can help treat the condition so it doesn’t worsen.
There are two types of AMD, wet or dry. These two types typically come in stages since one is worse than the other.
Dry AMD has three stages: early, intermediate, and late. In the early stages of age-related macular degeneration, there is usually no vision loss, and it often takes until the intermediate stage for it to have a big impact on your vision.
There might not be a cure or treatment at later levels, but symptoms can be lessened. If you only have AMD in one eye, steps can be taken to protect your other eye.
With wet macular degeneration, there is only a late stage, and it’s often caused by a dry stage turning to wet.
There is no known cause of AMD, but it is linked to aging and usually affects adults aged 60 and above. Other causes can include genetics, smoking, diet, and other environmental factors.
As you age, macula in the retinal tissue can thin overtime. Or lipid and protein deposits called drusen may form leading to dry AMD.
The eye doctors at The EyeDoctors Optometrists can help diagnose wet and dry AMD to help identify possible causes and treatments.
It is extremely important to protect your eyes and prevent further vision loss if you are experiencing AMD. Our optometrists can help diagnose, discuss options, and create a treatment plan for age-related macular degeneration. Schedule an appointment for an eye exam today!
Dry macular degeneration is when the macula slowly breaks down and blurring of central vision occurs. Wet macular degeneration is when blood vessels behind the retina grow under the macular and leak onto the macula.
Age-related macular degeneration can happen in just one eye or both eyes. If you have AMD in both eyes, symptoms are usually worse in one eye. Symptoms aren’t always recognized until the condition happens to both eyes.
The experienced eye doctors at The EyeDoctors Optometrists help diagnose and treat AMD, and work with you to prevent further loss. This may help from the condition spreading to your other eye.