Macular Degeneration Care for Houston Residents
Macular degeneration is a common cause of vision loss. This condition can destroy the retinal tissue that handles your central visual field. Fortunately, early diagnosis and treatment can help you retain optimal eyesight. Here at Exquisite Eye Care, we're committed to helping Houston residents overcome their battles with macular degeneration.
What Is Macular Degeneration?
Macular degeneration is often referred to as age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, because it doesn't usually become evident until sufferers have entered their 60s. This disease affects a zone of the retina known as the macular. These retinal cells collect the images that you see in your center of vision, relaying them to the brain via the optic nerves. When the macula degenerates, you may notice changes in this part of your vision. Straight lines may appear wavy or crooked, while blank spots appear directly in front of you, robbing you of your ability to read, write, watch TV, see faces, or drive. Peripheral vision usually remains unaffected.
While age remains the primary risk factor for macular degeneration, you may have an elevated risk for it if you are obese, female, light-skinned, or born with light-colored irises. A fatty diet, UV rays, and blue light exposure may also contribute to macular degeneration.
Macular degeneration takes two primary forms. Most sufferers will experience only the first phase, known as dry macular degeneration. This condition causes the accumulation particles called drusen within the eye. In the second, more advanced phase, known as wet macular degeneration, blood vessel leakage causes the macula to swell. New, abnormal blood vessels may form inside the eye, worsening the damage and vision impairment.
Diagnosis and Treatment Recommendations from Our Optometrist
Any therapeutic optometrist on our skilled team can monitor your eyes for any signs of macular degeneration. Comprehensive eye exams allow your eye doctor to view the macula and blood vessels of each eye in detail. It's very important to schedule these exams on a regular basis so your eye doctor can catch macular degeneration as early as possible.
The main treatment strategy for dry macular degeneration involves constant monitoring and lifestyle changes to minimize any factors that might accelerate the disease. Wet macular degeneration can often be controlled through medication. We can refer you to specialist if you need more invasive treatment for leaky blood vessels.
Contact Our Friendswood or Houston Eye Care Office
Don't let macular degeneration sneak up on your eyes. Call our Houston eye care office for an exam!