Age-related macular degeneration is the most common reason for vision loss after age 60. But there’s also good news: with close monitoring and early intervention, your age-related macular degeneration doesn’t have to get to the point of vision loss. At Logos Vision in Hamilton Township and Perth Amboy, New Jersey, optometrist Silvana Abadeer, OD, has the knowledge, skills, and training to delay the progression of macular degeneration so you can preserve your vision. Call the office nearest you, or request an appointment online today.
Age-related macular degeneration is an eye disease that shows up when the macula, a small but crucial part of your retina, deteriorates. The two types of age-related macular degeneration are dry and wet.
This is the most common form of age-related macular degeneration. In age-related macular degeneration, you develop yellow deposits, called drusen, underneath your retina. Over time, drusen can trigger macular deterioration.
The wet form of the disease is the most severe, and it usually develops only if you had the dry form previously. If you have wet age-related macular degeneration, the Bruch's membrane within your retina deteriorates, and abnormal new blood vessels appear. These blood vessels are easily damaged, and they frequently leak, causing macular scarring.
Age-related macular degeneration can cause serious vision problems and even blindness without treatment. Age-related macular degeneration usually affects both eyes at the same time.
Early on, you might not have any symptoms, so you could learn that you have age-related macular degeneration during your eye exam at Logos Vision. In some cases, though, age-related macular degeneration can cause sudden-onset symptoms.
Some symptoms to look for include:
If you experience any of the above vision changes or any other sudden vision problems, schedule an appointment with Dr. Abadeer right away.
Treatment depends on what form of the disease you have. Although there's no cure, research has shown that some antioxidants can help prevent dry age-related macular degeneration from progressing. Dr. Abadeer can prescribe a combination of vitamin C, vitamin E, lutein, zinc, and other specific antioxidants.
Treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration can include injectable medications, laser surgery, and photodynamic therapy. If you need these treatments, Dr. Abadeer refers you to a trusted ophthalmologist and then co-manages your care.
Dr. Abadeer can also help with low-vision solutions like specialized magnifiers if age-related macular degeneration has already taken a toll on your vision.
To receive quality treatment for macular degeneration from a caring optometry team, call Logos Vision, or request an appointment online today.