Understanding macular degeneration

istock 1179336941 There are many conditions that can affect the health of one’s eyes, including that of macular degeneration. The doctors at North Suburban Eye Associates describes macular degeneration as a condition that destroys one’s central vision over time, with gradual changes in one’s ability to see clearly. In most instances, macular degeneration is age-related, and impacts one’s daily life. Common daily tasks including driving and reading can be difficult when vision loss from macular degeneration occurs. Because of this, it is important that patients get a proper evaluation done on a regular basis with their eye doctor and monitor for changes that might indicate this condition is developing.

How does macular degeneration cause vision loss?

Macular degeneration, sometimes referred to as age-related macular degeneration or the acronym of “AMD,” affects the part of retina that allows for fine detailed vision. This part of the eye is known as the macular. There are two types, including wet macular degeneration and dry macular degeneration, though both can cause loss of vision in one or both eyes. In fact, this condition is the leading cause of vision loss in patients in American who are age 50 or older.

How is macular degeneration treated?

In most cases, the condition cannot be treated, but there are steps patients might be able to take to slow its progression. This includes injections of endothelial growth factors, photodynamic therapy, and thermal laser treatments. When patients receive a definitive diagnosis of age-related macular degeneration, they are encouraged to talk to a professional about their options for treatment to slow vision loss with time.

Learn more about macular degeneration at North Suburban Eye Associates

If you reside in the communities of Beverly, Wakefield, Waltham, or Winchester, MA and are interested in working with a professional to find out if you are dealing with macular degeneration, we encourage you to book an appointment at one of our practice locations. Our doctors can be reached at the main office number at (781) 245-5200 to request a visit at any of our offices. We are always accepting new patients at North Suburban Eye Associates and welcome you to take the first step in improving your vision health!

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