Macular degeneration is a condition that involves the loss of central vision in one or both eyes. It's also known as age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, because age is by far the most common factor in its appearance. AMD is usually seen in people over 50 years old, though it's been observed in people as young as 35.
At Tradewinds Eye Care, our experienced eye doctors can examine your eyes for macular degeneration and provide a management plan.Schedule an eye exam at our Davidson eyeglass shop today.
Here’s what you need to know about macular degeneration:
Aside from age, several factors can induce the appearance of AMD. These include eye diseases (and other eye problems, such as injuries), smoking, high cholesterol, and obesity.
In short, a generally unhealthy lifestyle increases the risk of developing AMD while a healthy lifestyle reduces the chances. Unfortunately, age is still the dominant factor, so there is no lifestyle choice that can completely protect you from this condition.
The primary symptoms of macular degeneration are distorted vision, loss of visual acuity, trouble distinguishing colors, and a loss in contrast sensitivity.
However, the most notable symptom of natural degeneration is a loss of central vision―the point your gaze focuses on. Most people with this condition still have some or even most of their peripheral vision.
Macular degeneration by itself almost never leads to total blindness, even if untreated. However, it does make daily life more difficult.
Macular degeneration can be managed, but it cannot be completely treated or cured. Treatment focuses on using eye medication (or, occasionally, surgery) to slow down the progression of this condition as much as possible.
That depends on how advanced it is, as well as your unique medical history. Here at Tradewinds Eye Care, we know that the only way to diagnose and treat eye conditions is through a full exam and a personalized approach. What works for someone else won't necessarily work for you, and factors like genetics and other medications you're taking can influence your response to treatment.
Depending on your unique circumstances and prognosis, we may recommend vitamins, suggest lifestyle alterations, and provide close monitoring.
We know it's not easy to hear that there may be no treatment for your condition―that's why we stay up to date with the latest research and techniques. Our goal is to inform you of (and provide) any possible treatment options and discuss ways to improve your quality of life.
We can also help you learn to live with this condition. Learning to focus on your peripheral vision is challenging, but there are a variety of tools and techniques that can help you remain active and productive.
If you suspect that you or someone you know has macular degeneration, don't wait to contact us. Eye problems often get worse over time and the sooner you start treatment, the more effective it's likely to be. Our in-house eye doctors already manage numerous patients with this condition, so we have the experience needed to provide the best possible care.
Schedule an eye exam to be tested for macular degeneration.