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Macular Degeneration

Treat Macular Degeneration At First Eye Care, Your McKinney Optometry Center

Macular Degeneration, also sometimes called AMD, ARMD or Age-related Macular Degeneration, is a serious condition that can lead to loss of vision. The macula is the central area of the retina that controls visual acuity. As we age this condition becomes more prevalent, causing a decrease in vision quality and even leading to blindness in some cases.

Even though the deterioration of the macula occurs with age there are some good vision habits to adopt now to curtail the development of this condition. First Eye Care, your optometrist in McKinney, offers preventative care as well as treatment for both types of Macular Degeneration.

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Symptoms of Macular Degeneration

The two most prevalent types of this condition are wet and dry. Dry AMD is the earlier part of the disease progression and accounts for about 90% of all cases. This condition develops as the macular tissues age and thin or when pigment deposits develop on the macula. In many cases, both of these processes occur simultaneously.

Yellow spots known as drusen will begin to accumulate on the eye in and around the macula, a process that is attributable to debris caused by the deterioration of the macular tissues. This slow and typically gradual deterioration of the retinal area leads to vision loss that can worsen over time.

In just 10% of dry AMD cases, the condition will develop into the much more serious wet AMD. In this stage of the condition, new blood vessels that grow beneath the retina leak blood and fluid which causes loss of central vision.

Treatment of Macular Degeneration

The main symptom of the development of AMD is the development of flurry or shadowed areas in your central vision. To diagnose this eye disease, our optometrist may have you undergo testing using the Amsler Grid vision test. Early detection and diagnosis will allow us to most effectively treat your disease and prolong the loss of vision for as long as possible.

Smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, and family members with the disease are the strongest indicators for developing Macular Degeneration. If a member of your immediate family has this condition, we recommend that you undergo a screening at your next vision care appointment.  While there are no FDA-approved medications for dry AMD, we can work with you to make lifestyle changes and use the benefit of good nutrition to stall the development of this condition.

Are You Experiencing the Early Signs of Macular Degeneration? Call Us Today to Schedule a Consultation

Our optometrist can provide full-service care and treatment for eye diseases such as Macular Degeneration. Call First Eye Care today at (972) 540-2015 to schedule an appointment with our optometry team.

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