Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in individuals 60 and over. If left unaddressed, this condition can lead to permanent vision loss. It is considered a very serious condition and the only way to detect and prevent further vision loss is by seeing an ophthalmologist for regular eye exams. At New Century Ophthalmology, we have been providing residents of Raleigh and Oxford, NC with reliable eye care services for many years including the diagnosis and treatment of macular degeneration. Following are the answers to several questions our chiropractor frequently receives regarding macular degeneration.
What are the Symptoms of Macular Degeneration?
The main reason why regular eye exams are important in detecting macular degeneration is that there are no signs in the early stages of the disease. As the disease begins to progress, symptoms include:
- Faded colors
- Having a hard time recognizing faces
- Printed words appearing blurry
- Having trouble adapting to dim lights
- Straight lines appearing bent
- Needing to have brighter lights when doing work up close-up
- A reduction in vision in your line of sight
What Causes Macular Degeneration?
The exact factors that lead to macular degeneration are not known conclusively. A little more research is needed to understand the disease. However, what is known about age-related macular degeneration is that the causes may be related to genetic and environmental factors.
How is Macular Degeneration Diagnosed?
An annual eye exam is enough to detect AMD. Our eye doctor will dilate your eyes to be able to have a good look at the back of the retina. Our eye doctor will also check to see if there are any yellow deposits in the retina known as drusen. These yellow deposits are a clear indication of AMD.
Is There Any Treatment Available for Macular Degeneration?
There is no cure for macular degeneration. However, the best way to avoid developing AMD is by not smoking, eating healthy, exercising, and protecting your eyes from UV lights. Additionally, there is a medication that our eye doctor may prescribe to slow down the progression of AMD. Other treatment options available include injections, photodynamic therapy, or laser surgery. Recommended treatments will vary depending on the severity of your AMD.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Ophthalmologist for Macular Degeneration Treatment in Oxford and Raleigh, NC
The best way to avoid permanent vision is by scheduling regular eye exams. For more information on our eye care services or to schedule an appointment with our ophthalmologist, call New Century Ophthalmology today or request an appointment online.