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Types of Macular Degeneration

Most people with macular degeneration have what is called Age Related Macular Degeneration.  As the name implies it is a condition that effects older people.  There are two types of age related macular degeneration, Wet and Dry.  They are also known as non-exudative or exudative macular degeneration.  In the dry form there is no leakage of blood in the retina.  The wet form of macular degeneration is characterized by the growth of abnormal blood vessels in the macula which often leak blood.

Additionally, there is a less common condition called Juvenile Macular Degeneration or Stargardt Disease.  As the name implies, this occurs in much younger people.  Sometimes it begins to damage vision in childhood.  Like ARMD, Stargardt Disease is progressive.

While there is no cure for these conditions and now way of restoring lost vision, low vision microscopic and telescopic glasses help the person maximize their remaining vision.  Often these glasses allow the person to continue reading, driving, using a computer, watching TV and many other activities requiring good vision.  Low vision glasses help the person continue participating in activities that are important to them.  They are able to live a more normal life.

This website has lots of information about low vision glasses with examples of how they have helped my patients.  If you've lost vision from macular degeneration or other condition I'll be happy to speak with you and together we'll decide if low vision glasses are right for you.  Call me  866 321-2030

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