Macular Degeneration Doctors in North Carolina

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Visit the Macular Degeneration Specialists at eyecarecenter

The experienced eye doctors at eyecarecenter use cutting-edge technology to conduct thorough eye exams  to diagnose and treat various eye conditions, including macular degeneration. 

Advanced Aged-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in Americans over the age of 60. In the state of North Carolina, that is approximately 16% of the state’s population. 

If you’re suffering from this common vision condition, our North Carolina doctors can help you find the best treatment option to improve your vision. Schedule your comprehensive eye exam today!

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Find a North Carolina Macular Degeneration Doctor Near You

At eyecarecenter, our North Carolina doctors are determined to provide each patient with the best possible care to treat their AMD. eyecarecenter has convenient locations around the state of North Carolina including Charlotte, Fayetteville, Wilmington, and Raleigh.

Common Types of Macular Degeneration

There are two types of macular degeneration  wet and dry. Both types of AMD affect the vision differently. The North Carolina doctors at eyecarecenter are experience in diagnosing and treating this common eye condition.

Dry Macular Degeneration

Dry AMD is typically the most common form. It occurs when tissue in the macula thins and cells responsible for vision decrease. 

Wet Macular Degeneration

Wet AMD is a less common form but is more severe due to vision loss being more rapid. This form is caused by the blood vessels under your macula leaking into part of the retina. The symptoms are worse for wet versus dry AMD. Regular eye exams help diagnose AMD early and is important for both types.

If you’re experiencing these symptoms, it is important to schedule an eye exam immediately to diagnose AMD early. Schedule an eye exam with a Macular Degeneration specialist today! 

Symptoms of Macular Degeneration

The most common symptom for macular degeneration is blurred vision. This can make it harder to see colors, recognize faces, read in low light, and cause problems when driving.

How Do Specialists Diagnose Macular Degeneration?

The eye doctors at eyecarecenter in North Carolina review your medical history, conduct an eye exam, and perform a variety of tests to determine if AMD is causing your vision loss. Common tests your doctor might perform   include examining the back of the eye for deposits under the retina, using an Amsler grid to test for defects in the center of your vision, and other tests to identify areas of vision impairment.

Risk Factors for Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is a common cause of vision loss in older adults. While it primarily happens as you get older, it can be caused by genetics and can happen when younger. 

Other risk factors besides age and genetics include: 

  • smoking 

  • poor health

  • common in women

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Schedule an Appointment Today with Our North Carolina Macular Degeneration Doctors

It is extremely important to protect your eyes and prevent further vision loss if you are experiencing AMD. Our doctors at eyecarecenter can help diagnose, discuss options, and create a treatment plan if you are showing signs of AMD. Schedule an appointment for an eye exam at eyecarecenter today!

Frequently Asked Questions about Macular Degeneration

How Do You Prevent Macular Degeneration?

While eyes can naturally get weaker over time, there are steps to take to help prevent AMD. If you have medical conditions like high blood pressure or cardiovascular disease, you're more likely to get AMD. So it's important to manage those conditions and take the right medication to prevent AMD. 

Smokers are more likely to experience AMD, so quitting smoking can help reduce the risk. Healthy diets that include vitamins and Omega-3 can also help reduce AMD or lessen the symptoms. 

When Should I See a Doctor?

If you are having trouble seeing, reading, or identifying details, schedule an eye exam at your nearest eyecarecenter.