Macular Degeneration Diagnosis & Treatment
Macular degeneration is typically an age-related disease that is the leading cause of severe vision loss in people over age 60. When the macula (the center of the retina at the back of the eye) begins to thin, central vision will suffer. Although macular degeneration is rarely a totally blinding condition because peripheral vision is not affected, it can be a cause of substantial visual disability.
Types of Macular Degeneration (AMD)
Dry macular degeneration is the most common form. In its early stages, the thinning and aging of the macula will lead to excess pigment development which collects in small deposits in the tissues of the eye. Patients in their early to mid stages of dry macular degeneration may have blind spots in the center of their vision. In advanced stages, patients may lose their central vision completely. Advanced dry AMD is also known as geographic atrophy.
If this form of the disease goes undiagnosed or untreated, it may develop into wet AMD.
Wet AMD occurs when a network of blood vessels begins to grow and form in the eye, causing blood and fluid to leak out and damage the cells in the retina which respond to light. These leaks cause distortion of vision that makes straight lines appear wavy, as well as blind spots in the central field of vision. These abnormal vessels eventually scar which leads to permanent loss of central vision for patients.
Our experienced team is equipped to administer specialized treatments and care. Regular exams are the best way to detect the disease, as the progression of macular degeneration is usually slow and noticeable symptoms do not occur until later. We use the most innovative and advanced technology to manage the condition and delay any further vision loss.