Macular Degenaration

  • Macular Degeneration Treatment at The Eye Insitute

    If you have macular degeneration or suspect that you might have this ailment, you will be glad to know that your preferred eye doctors at The Eye Institute have experience in diagnosing and treating this condition. We’ve been providing eye care services to people in the greater Knightdale area for many years and our staff is looking forward to offering you the highest level of care.

    About 2.07 million patients in the United States suffer from advanced cases of macular degeneration, according to the latest available statistics. This number is expected to rise to as many as 5.44 million individuals by the year 2050. 

    To avoid becoming a statistic yourself, it pays to visit your eye doctor on a regular basis for wellness checks and exams, and this includes being screened for macular degeneration.

    What Is Macular Degeneration?

    Macular degeneration, also referred to as age-related macular degeneration or AMD, is a condition in which the macula has deteriorated.

    Your macula is located in the center of the retina. Problems with your macula can make it difficult to perform routine tasks that patients take for granted, such as using a computer, watching movies, recognizing people’s faces or do any type of close-up work involving small items.

    There are two types of macular degeneration and they are categorized as wet (neovascular macular degeneration) and dry (non-neovascular.) The majority of patients are diagnosed with having the dry form.

    • Dry Macular Degeneration: This is the early stage of the disease. An eye doctor can diagnose it by seeing yellow spots accumulating in and around the patient’s macula. Scientists believe that the yellow spots are debris or small deposits left behind by tissue that is deteriorating.
    • Wet Macular Degeneration:  A rare form of macular degeneration affecting about 10 percent of patients who had the dry form. When patients have wet macular degeneration, there is a growth of new blood vessels.

    They appear below the retina and will leak fluid. The leaking fluid damages your light-sensitive cells and when they die, the result is blind spots in your central vision.

    What Causes Macular Degeneration?

    If you are concerned about getting macular degeneration, you would be right to wonder whether it is preventable. Research shows that macular degeneration is strongly associated with the normal aging process. However, scientists are noting that macular degeneration may have a genetic component, caused by a defect in the patient’s DNA.

    Lifestyle factors may also be implicated. For example, obese individuals and people who lead sedentary lives (sitting in front of a computer all day at work and then a TV set while resting on the couch all night) have a higher risk of contracting AMD.

    High blood pressure is another risk factor for AMD. People who smoke cigarettes are 50% more likely than non-smokers to develop macular degeneration. Those who have lighter eye color may also be more at risk, as the pigment that occurs in darker eyes may have a preventative effect.

    How Your Optometrist in Knightdale NC can Help Treat Macular Degeneration

    Your optometrist in Knightdale NC has been helping patients with AMD and will consult with you on your treatment options during your initial consultation at our facility.

    While currently no cure exists for age-related macular degeneration, our eye doctor has options to help treat AMD. For example, the doctor can advise you to change your lifestyle to lose weight, lower blood pressure and quit smoking. These efforts can help the doctor keep your AMD from progressing from the dry version to the wet version.

    During treatment for the wet kind of AMD, you can expect the use of drugs such as Eylea, Lucentis, Mucagen and Visudyne along with photodynamic therapy.

    With so many factors that can contribute to patients contracting AMD, your eye doctor will create a customized treatment plan just for you after consultation and a thorough exam.

    Set an Appointment for a Consultation on Macular Degeneration at The Eye Institute

    If you have suspect that you have macular degeneration or would like to consult with our eye doctor, there’s no reason to delay in coming in to our eye care facility. For more information on macular degeneration or to set an appointment, please contact The Eye Institute today.

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