eyecarecenter is staffed with highly trained eye doctors who use the latest technology to conduct thorough eye exams and help diagnose and treat a variety of eye conditions, including macular degeneration. Through our doctors' experience, skills, and expertise they are able to help patients go through treatment options and improve their vision.
eyecarecenter has AMD eye care specialists in our locations serving North Carolina.
Types of Macular Degeneration
There are two types of macular degeneration: dry AMD and wet AMD. Dry is the most common form and occurs when tissue in the macula thins and cells responsible for vision decrease. Wet AMD is a less common form but is more severe due to vision loss being more rapid. Wet AMD 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.
Diagnosing Macular Degeneration at eyecarecenter
The doctors at eyecarecenter 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 includes: 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.
Preventing Macular Degeneration
While eyes can naturally get weaker over time, there are steps to take to help prevent AMD, or have the symptoms lessened. Medical conditions like high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease can increase your chances of AMD, so managing those conditions and taking the proper medication is important in preventing 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 help reduce AMD or lessen the symptoms.
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 do have age-related macular degeneration. Schedule an appointment for an eye exam to treat AMD.
Macular degeneration is also known as age-related macular degeneration because it’s the leading cause of vision loss in those over 60. 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, and it is more common in women.
The most common symptom is blurred vision – this can impact how you see colors, recognizing faces, having trouble driving, needing more light when reading, and more.
If you noticed you’re having loss of visions, trouble reading, or identifying details, see a doctor and schedule an eye exam at eyecarecenter to diagnose and develop a treatment plan.