Macular degeneration is a condition in which the center of your retina, called the macula, wears down due to the natural aging process.
Macular degeneration doesn’t always cause blindness, but it can lead to potentially serious vision problems. If at any point you notice changes in your vision, contact the team at Network Eye.
There are two types of age-related macular degeneration:
Wet macular degeneration occurs when blood vessels grow beneath your macula. Over time, these blood vessels leak blood and other fluids, resulting in distorted vision. About 10% of people with macular degeneration have the wet form.
Dry macular degeneration causes yellow deposits, called drusen, to form inside your macula. As more and more drusen collects, it distorts and dims your vision. Most people with macular degeneration experience the dry form.
Common symptoms of macular degeneration include blurry or cloudy vision, dark areas in the center of your vision, and different color perceptions. If you experience any of these issues, book an appointment at Network Eye.
A routine eye screening is the easiest way to diagnose macular degeneration. During the screening, your Network Eye provider uses special lenses to view your retina.
Your provider might also have you look at an Amsler grid, a pattern that looks similar to a checkerboard. If some of the lines appear wavy to you, or you notice that some of the lines are missing, it may indicate macular degeneration.
There’s no cure for macular degeneration, but there are treatment methods that may slow its progression. The team at Network Eye might recommend:
Following a comprehensive eye exam and a discussion of your symptoms, the team at Network Eye can develop a custom care plan.
To learn more about the treatment options for macular degeneration, make an appointment at Network Eye by calling the office today or clicking the online booking feature.