Early detection of Macular degeneration which is a degeneration of the central retina, the macula, is key to preserving central vision. Timely diagnosis and treatment is very important to preserving vision, and we us the latest OCT technology to evaluate the retinal layers and determine dry from wet macular degeneration.
Macular degeneration is the leading cause of severe vision impairment in adults over the age of 60. The patient’s vision decreases as the macula deteriorates. Although there is no cure for macular degeneration, early diagnosis is key for mitigating its effects and successfully managing the condition. Our physicians at Johnston Eye Associates can diagnose and manage Macular Degeneration and determine if you have the Dry or Wet form and determine if you need further treatment by a retinal specialist.
The macula is the very center area of the retina (the sensory tissue at the back of the eye) in which light is focused. Macular degeneration is a degenerative loss and damage to this central area, resulting in blurred, distorted or lost central vision. Macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of severe vision loss in the U.S. for those over 50 years of age.
Early development of this disease often doesn’t exhibit any symptoms to the patient, but it can be damaging the vision slowly. Fortunately, this can be spotted during routine eye exams. That’s why it’s so important to have regular eye exams with the team at Johnston Eye Associates, especially as you get older.
The first sign most people notice is when straight lines appear distorted or wavy. Otherwise, a gradual or sudden change in vision quality could be the first symptom. These are the symptoms of macular degeneration:
There are two main forms of macular degeneration, including:
While macular degeneration is not curable, its impact can be dramatically slowed by early intervention. That’s why it is important to not ignore any of the symptoms listed above. But even more important are regular eye exams, usually once every two years after you turn 40 and every year after your 50th birthday.
There is no cure for age-related macular degeneration. Early diagnosis at Johnston Eye Associates we want to diagnose the disease ealry and take steps to slow the progression of the disease. There are more treatments to address the abnormal blood vessels with the wet form than the drusen of dry macular degeneration.
There is no cure for age-related macular degeneration. At Johnston Eye Associates we want to diagnose the disease early and take steps to slow the progression of the disease. Currently there are more treatments to address the abnormal blood vessels in the wet form of macular degeneration than the drusen of dry macular degeneration. These treatments involve injectable medicines into the eye that help kill the abnormal vessels to reduce bleeding and fluid accumulation in the retinal space.
Those at higher risk for AMD, include caucasions, women, smokers, those with higher body mass index, those who eat a high fat diet, and those with a family history of AMD.