Macular Degeneration Treatment

Also known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), this disease can severely impair your vision. Macular degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss in Americans age 60 and older. However, treatments with laser therapy, medications, and surgery have proven effective. These damage or destroy any abnormal blood vessels in your eye to help improve your vision.

Macular degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss in Americans age 60 and older.

What is macular degeneration?

Macular degeneration is an eye disease that destroys your central vision. Central vision is essential to being able to see object clearly while doing daily tasks like reading and driving. The condition affects the macula, which is the part of the eye that helps you see fine details. 

There are two types of macular degeneration: wet and dry. Fortunately, both are treatable.

Wet Macular Degeration

Wet macular degeneration occurs when abnormal blood vessels grow beneath the macula. These new blood vessels often leak fluid and blood. Wet AMD damages the eye rapidly.

Dry Macular Degeration

Wet AMD damages the eye rapidly. Dry AMD occurs when the light-sensitive cells in the macula break down. This causes you to gradually lose your central vision.

Who benefits from macular degeneration treatment?

Macular degeneration treatment uses a combination of medications and surgery to help you see more clearly. Medical treatment is ideal for patients with wet AMD. Two of the most popular treatments for macular degeneration are anti-VEGF drugs and laser surgery. Anti-VEGF drugs and laser surgery can be used to treat some types of wet macular degeneration by reducing the number of abnormal blood vessels in the retina and slowing their leaking. Anti-VEGF medicine is delivered to your eye with a slender needle, while laser surgery involves a surgeon shining a laser light beam in your eye.

The right treatment for your specific case won't just slow your vision loss - it can improve your sight.

Protect your vision and regain your sight.

Follow up treatment is often required by your doctor.  Many patients who undergo wet macular degeneration treatment have been able to regain some of the vision that they lost due to the condition. The right treatment for your specific case will not only slow your vision loss, but improve your vision as well. The earlier you seek treatment, the more likely it is that treatment will help.

What are symptoms of macular degeneration?

  • Blurred vision
  • Seeing spots
  • Distorted vision
  • Partial vision loss
  • Straight lines appear wavy
  • Inability to see in dim light
  • Abnormal blood vessels in the eye

What causes macular degeneration?

  • Aging
  • Genetics
  • Smoking (doubles the risk of the disease)
  • High blood pressure
  • Unchecked cardiovascular disease

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