Macular degeneration has devastating effects on the lives of the many people who lose their sight because of it every year. The experienced team of optometrists at Insight Eye Care, in Williamsville and Lockport, New York, are experts in diagnosing macular degeneration, and they provide a range of effective treatment options to help you keep your sight as long as possible. If you’re experiencing changes in your vision, call Insight Eye Care today or book an appointment online.
Macular degeneration is the most common cause of serious vision impairment and sight loss in people over 50. Because macular degeneration most often occurs as a result of aging, it’s also called age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
The macula is a section of the retina at the back of your eye, and macular degeneration causes changes in the macula that affect your central vision.
Macular degeneration occurs gradually over time, so you may not notice the deterioration in your sight at first. When you do start to notice symptoms, you might experience problems with your vision such as:
When you see any of these symptoms, make an appointment to see your optometrist at Insight Eye Care straight away. They can carry out tests to confirm whether you have macular degeneration or if there’s another cause for your symptoms. Insight Eye Care also offers genetic testing for macular degeneration.
Treatment for macular degeneration depends on whether you have the dry form (atrophic) or the wet form (exudative).
Dry macular degeneration is the most common form of AMD, and unfortunately, there’s no cure. However, research indicates that there’s a link between nutrient intake and how quickly dry macular degeneration progresses. Insight Eye Care provides specially formulated supplements to help slow macular degeneration in their patients.
The less common wet macular degeneration causes a much more rapid loss of vision, but prompt treatment can reduce the extent of vision loss. Possible treatments for wet AMD include:
These treatments can’t cure macular degeneration, but they could help you retain your sight for as long as possible. If you’re experiencing any sight loss or disturbances in your vision, call Insight Eye Care today or book an appointment online.