Macular degeneration is a chronic, progressive disease that slowly destroys patients’ sharp, central vision. The disease results from the deterioration of the macula. The macula is the tiny, central part of your retina. The 2 different types of macular degeneration are referred to as dry and wet, with the dry form being most common.
Macular degeneration can be hereditary. Therefore, it can be passed from a generation to the next. If 1 or more of your family members have macular degeneration, talk with the doctors at Dean Optical about your individual risk.
Besides heredity, other risk factors for macular degeneration include:
The symptoms of macular degeneration include:
If you’re experiencing either or both of these symptoms, contact the doctors at Dean Optical as quickly as possible.
Having tiny yellow deposits under your retinas is a prevalent, early sign of macular degeneration. In addition to examining your retinas, the doctors at Dean Optical might ask you to look at an Amsler grid during a regular eye exam. This grid resembles a checkerboard. Seeing wavy lines rather than straight ones on an Amsler grid is a sign of macular degeneration. Failing to see some of the lines altogether is another marker of this disease.
Unfortunately, in most cases, reversing the damage caused by macular degeneration isn’t possible. However, certain treatments are believed to slow the progression of the disease. Consuming certain vitamins and minerals is thought to decrease the risk of vision loss in patients diagnosed with intermediate or advanced stages of macular degeneration.
These beneficial substances include:
Those suffering from the wet form of macular degeneration might benefit from laser therapies. During this type of treatment, a high-energy, laser light destroys aggressively growing, abnormal blood vessels commonly present with macular degeneration.
Dean Optical works with many insurance carriers and payment plans.
To see if we work with your insurance carrier or vision care plan, please call our office for assistance. Our friendly and informed staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
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