Dry eyes, blurry vision, or vision loss may all be signs of macular degeneration, a condition that affects the central part of the retina. To resolve these symptoms and have an exam by a qualified ophthalmologist, visit the Eye Health Center of Troy. Dr. Pamela Kaw treats adults with macular degeneration and other chronic eye conditions in Troy, New York. Patients travel from around the area to see the doctors at Eye Health Center of Troy. Patients even drive from Albany and Tri City! To request an appointment, call or book online today.
Macular Degeneration Q & A
What is macular degeneration?
Macular degeneration, often called age-related macular degeneration (AMD), is a condition where the central part of the retina deteriorates. The retina is a crucial part of the eye that helps to maintain central vision, giving you the ability to do everyday things like drive a car, read, or recognize faces.
There are two main types of AMD: dry and wet. About 85-90% of people suffering from macular degeneration have dry AMD. Other patients may suffer from Stargardt disease, which is a genetic type of macular degeneration that affects young people. Macular degeneration can affect both of the eyes, and it usually progresses slowly. You might not have any symptoms until you experience a loss of vision.
What causes macular degeneration?
The causes of macular degeneration are complex, and there is no one clear factor that raises your risk for developing the disease. It’s most likely caused by a combination of environmental and hereditary factors. Macular degeneration is also more common with age, if you smoke cigarettes, if you’re obese, or if you have cardiovascular disease.
What are the symptoms of macular degeneration?
At first, you may not experience any AMD symptoms. Gradually, however, you might notice that the quality of your eyesight seems compromised. Some people report seeing dark, blurry spots or whiteout areas in the center of their vision. It’s also possible for macular degeneration to change your perception of color.
How is macular degeneration treated?
Treatment for macular degeneration may depend on your age, your eye health history, and your symptoms. Dr. Kaw and her team may recommend a treatment protocol that includes:
-Medication: such as drugs that stop fluid leakage from eye blood vessels or that prevent new blood vessels from forming
-Surgery: procedures that address eye deterioration, scar tissue, or blood vessel growth
-Low vision aids: devices that help you see more clearly, like magnifiers or microscopic lenses
With a comprehensive treatment plan, you can prevent further damage from macular degeneration and maintain your healthy vision. To book an appointment at the Eye Health Center of Troy, call the office or use the easy online scheduler.