Macular Degeneration, a common and incurable eye condition, is a serious vision issue. While it does not cause full blindness, it does interfere with our eyesight to the point that that affected individuals struggle with simple everyday activities. From seeing faces, to driving, to navigating the house, macular degeneration has the potential to interfere with and alter our entire lifestyle.
At Luna Vision and Med Spa, we understand the importance of professional eye care services, and can help you address and monitor for this problematic condition. Our eye exams and diagnostic testing are provided by Dr. Dutt, a board-certified ophthalmologist with over 22 years of private practice experience.
Macular Degeneration, or age-related macular degeneration (AMD), is a common eye condition and a leading cause of vision loss among people age 50 and older. This illness causes damage to a specific and central part of the retina, interfering with the eye's ability to create clear pictures of the world around us.
As AMD progresses, a blurred area near the center of vision is a common symptom. The blurred area may expand or additional blurred spots may also develop over time. Objects also may not appear to be as bright as they used to be.
Yes. Some factors - such as age, race, and family history - are out of our control. However, lifestyle factors can reduce or increase the risk of developing this condition. To reduce your risk, it's best to avoid/quit smoking; exercise regularly; maintain healthy cholesterol and blood pressure levels; and eat a healthy diet.
These are the two basic types of macular degeneration. Dry macular degeneration is the more common type, affecting 80% of AMD patients. In these cases, a part of the inner eye gets thinner with age, slowly causing damage and central vision loss. Wet macular degeneration, while less common, is more serious. In these cases, abnormal blood vessels grow under the retina. These vessels may leak and cause scarring of the macula, leading to a fast change in vision. Because this type of AMD is so seriously, important to have regular visits to an ophthalmologist. They can look for early signs of AMD before you have any vision problems.
While AMD is incurable, several different macular degeneration tests are now available that provide useful information, including:
Some tests require special machines that check changes in the retina. Others can be done at home or conducted as part of an annual comprehensive eye exam. Your ophthalmologist will determine which test(s) are right for you during your visits; so your best course of action is to maintain a regular schedule with your eye doctor.
While AMD is not curable, there are things that can be done to try to slow its progress. Specific treatment recommendations will vary depending on how advanced or severe each case of degeneration is.
At Luna Vision and Med Spa, we will always discuss your specific care recommendations and options in-depth, allowing you to make an informed medical decision regarding your vision. To begin your care journey, please contact us.