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Posted on 04-13-2017

Understanding, Diagnosing and Treating Macular Degeneration at Eye Gallery in Planomacular degeneration testing

Macular degeneration occurs when the macula becomes damaged and can’t process light as effectively. Since the macula allows for center vision, individuals may start to experience blurry vision and difficulty reading or driving.

Symptoms of Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration causes a progressive deterioration of central vision. Since it only affects the macula, central vision is lost while peripheral vision remains. This can make it difficult to see objects directly ahead.

  • Blurry Vision
  • Difficulty Driving
  • Inability to See Faces Clearly
  • Problems Reading
  • Straight Lines Look Wavy

Risk Factors

AMD is considered an age-related condition, for this reason, it is often referred to as Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). It most commonly develops in individuals 65 or older. Other risk factors include smoking, being overweight and having heart disease. You may also be at an increased risk for AMD if you have a family history of the eye disease.

Eye Exams for Macular Degeneration with our Plano Optometrists

Our Plano optometrists can diagnose and treat your AMD through routine eye exams. Our comprehensive, annual eye exams include performing tests to determine your overall eye health and testing your visual acuity. If any abnormalities are detected in your eye health, our optometrist in Plano may recommend further testing via taking images of the back of your eye, including your macula and retina.

If you are showing signs of AMD, our eye doctor will recommend regular checkups to monitor your condition. During early AMD, treatment may or may not be advisable. If you have a later stage of AMD, our eye doctor may recommend certain nutritional supplements to help support eye health. If your AMD becomes severe, our eye doctor may recommend eye injections, certain medications or laser eye surgery.

To schedule an appointment for an eye exam that can check for macular degeneration, call us at 972-519-0006. When you call, ask us about our new patient specials that can save you money on the services we provide.

How have our optometrists helped you manage your macular degeneration?

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