General Information About Macular Degeneration
Particularly if you're over the age of 50, you may have macular degeneration. It can affect your ability to drive or read. We advise you getting routine optometry examinations with our eye doctor at Spex Seattle, serving Seattle, WA, and the surrounding area. We provide you with a full eye care exam to detect the problem early and intervene as necessary.
About Macular Degeneration
Macular degeneration is when you have issues with your macula -- a portion of your retina. You might notice visual distortions, such as straight lines appearing like they're bent. You could experience a reduction in your central vision. It may occur in one or both eyes. You could have difficulty adjusting to low levels of light, and you may notice print looks blurry. It's possible you'll have difficulty seeing people's faces. Some people can't see colors as brightly or vibrantly as they once did. Macular degeneration won't change your peripheral vision though; therefore, it's rare for it to cause complete blindness.
Cause of Macular Degeneration
You may have either dry or wet macular degeneration, but both are more common with age. The wet form stems from blood vessels developing underneath your retina. Then, they leak into the macula. The more common type is dry, and it arises from the macula thinning.
Obesity increases your risk of it worsening. Cardiovascular disease increases your risk of getting it. Smoking, genetics, and diet appear to play a role in the onset of this eye problem as well.
Diagnosing and Treating Macular Degeneration
Our optometry specialist will perform a routine eye examination and ask you about any issues you're experiencing. Then, our eye doctor may examine the back of your eye by dilating your pupil and using a specialized magnifying glass. Our optometrist might notice yellow deposits under their retina since they're common in people with macular degeneration. Our eye doctor may use an Amsler grid to look for deficits in your central vision. It's possible our eye doctor will perform other testing in some cases.
Treating macular degeneration isn't possible once you have a reduction in your vision. We can, however, provide you with advice on how to slow the progression, such as by taking vitamins and quitting smoking. Our optometrist performs low-vision therapy by teaching you how to live a happy, functional life despite your eye problem.
In some cases, our eye doctor may provide you with a referral for a surgeon who can implant a telescopic lens to magnify objects and words both near and far.