Find Treatment For Macular Degeneration At Vision Care and Surgery Associates
At Vision Care and Surgery Associates, we want you to have optimal vision health. When you have any symptoms that indicate vision problems or changes, it's time to be seen by Hialeah ophthalmologists or Weston ophthalmologists to make sure nothing serious is going on with your eyesight. Macular degeneration is progressive, and treatment can help reduce symptoms and decrease how fast the symptoms progress.
Understanding Macular Degeneration
Macular degeneration is an eye disease that causes progressive vision loss as the center portion of the retina deteriorates. In the early stage of macular degeneration, you may not notice any symptoms. Early diagnosis through routine eye exams can help you learn more about the disease and how to better manage your lifestyle. While there is no cure, lifestyle changes such as a healthier diet can potentially slow down the progression.
Two Types of Age-Related Macular Degeneration
There are two types of age-related macular degeneration, AMD, called "dry" and "wet". Dry AMD accounts for almost 90% of cases and both produce symptoms in later stages. You may notice wavy vision, blurry vision, or have trouble focusing. Over time, the central vision is lost, while your peripheral vision is retained. People who have advanced AMD are considered legally blind, although they do have peripheral vision intact.
Causes of Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Age-related macular degeneration is caused by a wide variety of factors, both environmental and genetic. There is no specific cause for the onset of the disease, and risk factors are age, people who have a family history of the disease, smoking, and being Caucasian. Cessation of smoking may be beneficial to help slow down the progression.
Treatment For Age-Related Macular Degeneration
When you are diagnosed with AMD, it's important to work closely with your ophthalmologist to determine ways to improve your overall eye health. Protect your eyes from ultraviolet rays whenever possible, stop smoking if you are a smoker, and get more exercise if possible. While you can't cure AMD, you can make changes in your life that make living with the disease easier.
Get Macular Degeneration Treatment Today
If notice vision changes or you have macular degeneration and need treatment, it's time to contact Vision Care and Surgery Associates. You can reach our Hialeah ophthalmologists at 305-835-7588 or our Weston ophthalmologists at 954-945-5570. Set up an appointment today to learn more about macular degeneration and your treatment options.