Macular degeneration is the loss of central vision due to damage to the macula, a part of the retina located on the back layer of the eye that affects the center of the visual field.
Macular degeneration is one of the biggest causes of vision loss in adults over 50. Common symptoms include gradually blurred vision, seeing less vivid colors, and obstruction in the center of vision. While peripheral vision can remain intact, macular degeneration can make daily activities difficult, such as reading or recognizing people’s faces.
Macular degeneration can be atrophic (dry) or exudative (wet). The dry form of macular degeneration is more common and has no medical or surgical treatment. It occurs when debris collects between the retina and the choroid, which can cause scarring of the retina.
The wet form is less common, but more dangerous. It occurs when blood vessels grow from behind the choroid, which can leak. This form of macular degeneration can be treated with laser coagulation and medication if diagnosed early.
Dry AMD puts you at an increased risk of progressing to wet AMD, which can cause significant vision loss without treatment. There is currently no cure or treatment for dry AMD, but there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing wet AMD. One of the most significant steps would be to monitor your eyes with at-home testing between office visits.
There is home-monitoring technology available that is sensitive to changes in AMD. The ForeseeHome® AMD Monitoring Program is an easy-to-use early warning system for your eyes that can catch the progression from dry to wet AMD as soon as it happens, which lets your doctor step in sooner and initiate treatment if necessary!
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If you are experiencing signs of macular degeneration, call us at 630-553-6166 today or click below to schedule an eye exam and consultation. Early detection and treatment are vital to managing vision loss.