Do I have macular degeneration?
There are specific symptoms to watch for in warning of macular degeneration:
- Straight lines may appear wavy
- Your color perception may seem different, color vitality diminished
- The center of your vision may seem dark or blurry
Macular degeneration is a degenerative disease that affects the patient’s
eyesight through the deterioration of the macula, the central part of
the retina that receives light rays. This disease is the leading cause
of severe vision problems in mature adults over the age of 60, which is
why it is also sometimes referred to as Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD).
In order to protect yourself and your eye health, it is important to
schedule regular exams with your eye doctor.
Schedule a consultation with our Dallas / Ft Worth Metroplex eye doctors.
Macular degeneration can be identified as part of a regular annual eye
exam. Early identification is key for successful treatment, so it’s
important that you tend to your eye health by scheduling regular exams.
There are two types of macular degeneration: wet form and dry form. Potential
treatments for macular degeneration include diet changes, supplementation
/ vitamins, therapies, and medications.
Determining the right treatment option for AMD may first require an angiography
— a procedure that involves infecting dye into the patient’s
arm which then colors blood vessels in the retina, allowing them to show
up clearly in a photograph. Your doctor can study the resulting photo
to determine the extent and location of any damage. Another test that
is effective in defining the extent of the damage caused by macular degeneration
is called optical coherence tomography (OCT). Speak with our Dallas /
Fort Worth Metroplex eye doctors to learn more.
You alone can take the first step toward protecting your vision and your
health. Schedule a consultation at Key-Whitman Eye Center when you
contact our staff today.