Macular Degeneration

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Nationwide Vision: Macular Degeneration

Nationwide Vision uses the latest technology to conduct thorough eye exams and help diagnose a variety of eye conditions, including macular degeneration. Our doctors with Nationwide Optometry are experts who are skilled in helping you go through treatment options and improve your vision.

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What is Macular Degeneration?

Macular degeneration is an eye disease affecting the macula (the center of the light-sensitive retina at the back of the eye), causing loss or blurriness of central vision. The disease usually only occurs as you get older, which is why it is commonly referred to as age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The disease does blur vision, so the Arizona eye doctors with Nationwide Optometry can help treat the condition so it doesn’t worsen. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision impairment and loss for those 60 and above.

Stages of Macular Degeneration

There are two types of AMD: wet and dry.

Dry AMD has three stages: early, intermediate, and late. In the early stages of age-related macular degeneration, there is usually no vision loss and it often takes until the intermediate stage for it to have a big impact on your vision. There might not be a cure or treatment at later levels, but symptoms can be lessened. If you only have AMD in one eye, steps can be taken to protect your other eye. With wet AMD, there is only a late stage, and it’s often caused by a dry stage turning to wet.

Macular Degeneration Treatment Options from Nationwide Vision

AMD often does not lead to blindness, but severe vision loss can occur if it goes untreated. There is no one treatment or cure for AMD, but the progression can be slowed by taking supplements, eating healthy, and not smoking. Retina specialists and low vision specialists with Nationwide Optometry can provide rehabilitation steps to help improve your central vision. For very severe macular degeneration, a telescopic lens can be implanted in the eye to magnify your vision.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Macular Degeneration

Can Macular Degeneration Be Prevented?

Macular degeneration might naturally occur as you get older, but there are steps to take to prevent loss of vision, such as not smoking, managing your health, a healthy diet, and getting regular eye exams.

What Causes Macular Degeneration?

AMD is caused by the central portion of the retina deteriorating over time. The macula, the central portion of the retina, is responsible for central vision. When it weakens, it can be harder to see fine details and colors.

How Do You Treat Macular Degeneration?

While there isn’t a cure for AMD, there are steps the eye doctors with Nationwide Optometry can help with to lessen symptoms. Retina and low vision specialists can help with rehab exercises to prevent further vision loss.