Macular degeneration is a condition that damages your macula — the part of your retina that provides your central vision. The Simply Eyes team in Colleyville diagnoses macular degeneration and provide tests to monitor your eye health and preserve your vision. Call or make an appointment online today.
Macular degeneration is an eye disease that damages the part of your retina that provides your central vision. Macular degeneration is also a leading cause of blindness in patients over the age of 50.
Risk factors for macular degeneration include:
Macular degeneration is classified as either wet or dry.
Dry macular degeneration is the most common type of the disease, comprising around 80% of diagnoses. Dry macular degeneration occurs when your macula gets thinner with age and clumps of protein, known as drusen, develop. Dry macular degeneration usually develops slowly.
Wet macular degeneration occurs when abnormal blood vessels grow under your retina and leak blood and other fluid. The excess fluid interferes with macular function and damages your vision. Wet macular degeneration causes more rapid vision loss than dry macular degeneration.
As with many eye diseases, you may not notice any symptoms during the early stages of macular degeneration. The condition usually causes a slow but painless loss of central vision. As your disease progresses, you may notice that your central vision looks blurry or distorted.
The best way to get an early diagnosis of your condition is to have routine comprehensive eye exams so Dr. Bui or Dr. Pham can monitor your eyes for signs of macular degeneration and other eye diseases.
The optometrists at Simply Eyes examine your retina and use other tests to diagnose macular degeneration during your comprehensive eye exam. For example, they may use an Amsler grid test to measure your central vision along with pupil dilation for a thorough examination of your retina.
If your optometrist finds signs of retinal damage, they may order an ocular coherence tomography to study the retinal layers of your macula to confirm the type of macular degeneration.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for dry macular degeneration. However, with attentive care, your optometrist can slow the progression of dry macular degeneration to preserve your vision for as long as possible.
Call Simply Eyes or schedule an exam online today for diagnosis and monitoring of macular degeneration.