Macular Degeneration Treatment with our Lubbock Optometrist
Macular degeneration is an eye condition that causes more vision loss than glaucoma and cataracts combined. In the United States, approximately 11 million people have a form of this condition called age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which is the leading cause of vision loss in those who are 60 years of age and older. Unfortunately, vision loss is gradual and some people might not even know they have the condition until it is too late. Early diagnosis is crucial when it comes to treating and managing AMD, which is why it's important to keep up with routine eye examinations with our optometrist in Lubbock.
Causes of Macular Degeneration
There are two types of this eye condition, including:
- Non-neovascular - also known as "dry" macular degeneration, which is known for producing the earliest signs of vision loss
- Neovascular - also known as "wet" macular degeneration, which is a more advanced stage that causes severe vision loss and blindness
The macula is a specialized zone of the retina located at the back of the eye, which is the part of the eye that helps create your central vision. When the light-sensitive cells of the macula are damaged, straight lines can appear wavy. Some people also experience empty spots in the center of the vision. Even though it may not lead to total blindness, the vision is severely affected.
While old age is the most common cause of this eye disorder, other factors that could increase your chances of getting it include genetics and family history, smoking or exposure to cigarette smoke, and obesity.
Treatment Options for Macular Degeneration
There may not be any early warning signs present with this eye condition. There is also no cure, which is why early diagnosis is vital. This means keeping up with routine vision exams, which can greatly increase the chances of catching this eye disease early on. Routine vision exams are especially important for those who are of old age. During the examination, our optometrist will use an Amsler Grid to determine if you are accurately seeing straight lines.
Treatment for macular degeneration will depend upon which stage of the disease you have. For instance, if you have dry macular degeneration, our optometrist will closely monitor your condition and recommend certain lifestyle changes. We may also prescribe AREDS2 to prevent the disease from advancing. For wet macular degeneration, we usually prescribe medication, injectable drugs, or laser treatment.
Schedule an Appointment with our Lubbock Optometrist
If you are concerned about AMD, or other eye conditions, and need to be seen by an optometrist, contact Ginter Eyecare Center at 806-798-8820. Whether you have concerns about your vision, or you need a routine eye examination, we can help with all your vision needs.