Macular degeneration is a collective term for several different types of eye diseases that affect the macula. At The Retina Group of Washington, our eye specialist Laurel can correctly diagnose you and provide you with treatment for macular degeneration.
Age-related macular degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss for people over age 60. This vision problem will slowly destroy the central vision that is needed in order to see objects clearly. The macula is an area of the retina that is responsible for central vision. It is located in the center part of the retina. When the macula is damaged, it is impossible for a person to read, drive, or even recognize faces. Age-related macular degeneration is not a painful condition, and may sometimes advance so slowly that the patient does not recognize any changes in his or her vision. This is just one reason why you will want to have annual eye exam, and so you can to make sure that your eyes are not developing any vision problem. Sometimes macular degeneration can progress quickly, and can lead to vision problems in both eyes. Basically, the two types of macular degeneration are dry macular degeneration and wet macular degeneration. Neither of these eye diseases has a cure, and are managed differently by our eye specialist Laurel. When a patient has dry macular degeneration, the macula tissue of the retina ages and becomes thinner. This condition develops slowly and usually causes mildly decreased vision. Our eye doctor will see yellow deposits under the retina which are the most common early signs of dry age-related macular degeneration. Preventive treatment for macular degeneration can include taking certain vitamins. Other treatment options are also available, depending on the type of macular degeneration and the severity of the problem.
For an appointment to meet with our eye specialist Laurel regarding treatment or management of macular degeneration, or for a comprehensive eye exam, contact us today.