Could you have Macular Degeneration?
Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness in Americans aged 65 and older. Though the disease is more common in people over 60, it’s possible to develop symptoms as young as age 40. Common symptoms can include blurry vision and/or straight objects and lines appearing wavy. A person’s central vision may be affected by the appearance of small blind spots.
In the early stages of macular degeneration, a person might notice only subtle blurring or minimal distortion, especially if it only occurs in one eye. It’s easier to determine if something is wrong, when both eyes are affected. If you’re experiencing symptoms please contact Richens Eye Center at 435-986-2020 to set up an appointment. It’s very important to be examined at regular intervals and ideally, in the very early stages of the disease.
What is Macular Degeneration?
Macular degeneration is damage or deterioration of the central area of the retina. The macula is the part of the eye that allows us to read and see fine details. When the macula fails to work properly, vision can become distorted or even blurry. Activities such as reading the newspaper or threading a needle may become quite difficult or even seem near to impossible. Macular Degeneration is brought on by several things including aging, smoking and sometimes heredity.
Is Treatment Available?
There are two types of macular degeneration: DRY (non-neovascular) and WET (neovascular).
The dry form is more common and progresses slowly over time. There is no surgical treatment for it, however some patients may benefit from the use of vitamin therapy. This condition cannot be cured or reversed, but most patients retain useful vision with the help of vision aids.
People with wet macular degeneration generally notice more rapid and severe changes in their vision. It is caused by abnormal blood vessels at the back of the eye which leak fluid or blood, creating permanent tissue damage. The skilled surgeons at The Richens Eye Center may use laser surgery or medications to stop the bleeding and to prevent further retinal damage.
Trust Richens Eye Center…
If you need treatment for macular degeneration, look no further than Richens Eye Center. Dr. Michael P. Teske is an internationally acclaimed specialist in the treatment of retinal and vitreous diseases. He along with fellow retinal specialist Rachael S. Jacoby bring over 22 years of medical expertise to our staff. If you’re experiencing symptoms of Macular Degeneration please call us at 435-986-2020.