More than 1.75 million Americans have age-related macular degeneration today, and that number will hit 3 million by the year 2020. Although macular degeneration can cause central blindness if it's not treated, the good news is that early diagnosis can often save your vision. The team at Diamond Vision Optometry in Pasadena, California, has the background and skill needed to identify and treat macular degeneration, so don't hesitate to call the office or book your appointment online today.
Macular degeneration is a condition that causes your eye's macula, which is the part of the retina responsible for clear vision, to wear down. This breakdown results in central vision problems, and sometimes central vision loss. In most cases, macular degeneration is caused by aging. There are two kinds of macular degeneration, dry and wet:
Dry macular degeneration is the most common form of macular degeneration, making up around 90% of all cases. In dry macular degeneration, your retinas collect deposits made of metabolic byproducts.
These deposits cause blurry or spotty vision. In rare cases, dry macular degeneration turns into wet macular degeneration.
This is the much more severe form of macular degeneration. With wet macular degeneration, the Bruch's membrane within your eye begins to deteriorate and delicate new blood vessels arise in the area.
Because the fresh blood vessels are so fragile, they leak and bleed quite easily. This causes scarring of your macula and can result in dramatically reduced central vision. Although wet macular degeneration may not cause total blindness, it can cause vision loss serious enough to qualify as legal blindness.
While macular degeneration has frightening results, the good news is that you can do a great deal to avoid the condition and manage it with the help of the team at Diamond Vision Optometry.
Some of the signs of macular degeneration include:
If you have any of these signs of macular degeneration, the team at Diamond Vision Optometry can evaluate you and, if necessary, start treatment right away.
Although there's not currently a cure for macular degeneration, you can often prevent its progression and manage it very effectively with the help of the team at Diamond Vision Optometry.
Dry macular degeneration treatment focuses on extra antioxidants via supplements. By taking a specific blend of supplements, including vitamin C, vitamin E, lutein, zinc, copper, and zeaxanthin, you may be able to delay progression of dry macular degeneration very effectively.
Wet macular degeneration treatment can include medication injected into your eye or laser surgery. Implantation of a miniature telescope in the eye may be an option for final-stage macular degeneration.
If you have macular degeneration or think you might, schedule your appointment online or call Diamond Vision Optometry for help today.