Approximately 11 million Americans have age-related macular degeneration, which causes central vision loss and eventual blindness. At Project Eyecare Optometry, Drs. Vincent Cano, OD, and Connie Tsai, OD, and their eyecare team diagnose and treat macular degeneration to preserve your eyesight and protect your eye health. Call Project Eyecare Optometry or schedule an exam online today for expert eye exams and treatment.
Your macula is the part of your retina that allows you to see centrally. Your central vision is important to read, drive, watch television, or even see other people’s faces. Macular degeneration is an age-related disease that damages your macula and causes your central vision to deteriorate.
There are two types of macular degeneration. The most common is dry macular degeneration, which includes around 80% of macular degeneration diagnoses. Dry macular degeneration causes your macula to thin and clumps of proteins to develop, impairing your central vision. Dry macular degeneration develops gradually and currently there is no cure.
The other type of macular degeneration is the wet form of the disease. While less common, its onset is more rapid and involves severe vision loss. Wet macular degeneration occurs when the blood vessels in your retina leak blood and other fluids into your eye, which can scar your macula. There are treatment methods available to help slow the progression of both dry and wet kinds of macular degeneration, but must be differentiated by an eye doctor.
Macular degeneration usually develops slowly and you might not notice any changes in your vision right away. However, when the changes to your macula start to affect your sight, you might experience:
If notice changes to your vision, make an appointment with the team at Project Eyecare Optometry to find out what’s causing the distortion and get the treatment you need.
Often, your optometrist can diagnose eye diseases like macular degeneration during a routine eye exam before you have any symptoms. Your optometrist conducts retinal photos as well as pupil dilation and slit-lamp exams, to assess your retina at every visit. They can identify signs of macular degeneration early and provide the help you need to protect your vision.
Your optometrist can advise literature-supported treatments for dry macular degeneration and co-manage with ophthalmologists for wet macular degeneration that require laser treatment. If you have dry macular degeneration, your optometrist might recommend vitamins and supplements to support macular health, including:
They can also offer low-vision treatments, including corrective lenses, magnification, and additional lighting to help you see as clearly as possible.
If you’re concerned about macular degeneration or are due for an eye exam, call Project Eyecare Optometry or make an appointment online today.