Frequently Asked Questions About Macular Degeneration
Unfortunately, many eye diseases exist that can compromise our vision and quality of life. Some can even lead to near blindness. One example you may have heard about is macular degeneration. Here are some of the most asked questions about this eye disease from Dr. David L. Armstrong, Low Vision Optometrist.
What Is Macular Degeneration?
This disease is often referred to as age-related macular degeneration, or AMD because it affects many adults after 50. It is a progressive disease the causes a deterioration of the central part of the retina called the macula.
How Does It Affect Vision?
Early on, there are barely noticeable symptoms for macular degeneration, which is a primary reason to see our eye doctor annually. As it progresses, straight lines can appear curvy, or you may notice blank spots in your central vision. It does not affect peripheral vision, but the overall ability to see can be significantly affected.
Are There Different Types of Macular Degeneration?
Macular degeneration is broken down into two types: dry and wet. An overview of each is listed below.
- Dry macular degeneration- The first phase of AMD, when yellowish spots called drusen, can form on the retina. There are typically no symptoms, but this indicates early indications of the disease.
- Wet macular degeneration- This condition occurs with more progression of macular degeneration. Although it is not as common, it is much more severe in terms of vision loss. Blood vessels leak and cause fluid or blood to go into the macula, creating a situation when you should see an eye doctor immediately.
Who Is at Risk for Macular Degeneration?
Although it can strike in younger people, generally, those over the age of 50 are at a higher risk. Also, if you are a smoker, have a poor diet, or have a history of the disease in the family can increase the odds.
How Does Macular Degeneration Get Diagnosed and Treated?
It is imperative to know that the early stages of the disease are barely noticeable. A low vision evaluation is the only way this disease can be properly diagnosed before it advances to more critical stages of development. Although there is no cure, we can help you manage it with diet and lifestyle changes, medications, and even laser treatments in some cases.
Schedule a Low Vision Evaluation with Dr. David L. Armstrong
Dr. Armstrong is committed to helping people see the very best they are capable of. Call today for a no-obligation telephone consultation with Dr. Armstrong. By asking a few questions about your remaining vision and your goals he’ll be able to tell you if low vision glasses will help. Call 866-321-2030.