Our office will be closed from Friday, December 13th at 3:00PM until Monday, December 16th at 2:00PM.

macular degeneration
 
Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is a disease which affects a small area of the retina known as the macula. The macula is a specialized spot on the retina that allows us to see the fine detail of whatever is directly in front of us. Macular degeneration occurs when the macula begins to deteriorate.

“Wet” vs. “Dry”

Most often, macular degeneration is accompanied by formation of yellow deposits, called “drusen,” under the macula, which dry out or thin the macula. This is called “dry” macular degeneration. In rare cases, abnormal blood vessels develop under the macula and leak fluid. This is called “wet” macular degeneration.

Causes

A number of uncontrollable factors contribute to macular degeneration, including age, sex, eye color, farsightedness, and race. Risk factors you can control include smoking, high blood pressure, exposure to harmful sunlight, and diet.

Symptoms

It is difficult to detect dry macular degeneration in its early stages. The most common symptoms, when detected, include a spot of blurry vision, dark vision, or distorted vision. Wet macular degeneration progresses much faster than the dry variety. Both forms of macular degeneration can cause blindness.

Treatment

Currently, there is no cure for macular degeneration, but treatment is available to slow the effects.

image1

Childrens Vision

Learn about eye health for infants and children.

image2

Our Services

Visit our services page and see what we offer.

image3

Contact Us

Click to contact us through our online contact form.

Latest News

5 Reasons to Avoid Internet Eyeglasses
December 4, 2019
Many people prefer shopping online to shopping in stores for many of their needs. With technology constantly improving and evolving, people tend to take advantage of the convenience of shopping onl...
Why everyone who has had LASIK surgery s...
November 27, 2019
No this is not a late-night personal injury lawyer infomercial. This is a recommendation that you have your LASIK records available, for your own good, later in life. There are 2 million catarac...