Macular degeneration is one of the leading causes of vision loss in Americans age 60 and older. If you experience vision changes, especially in your central vision, Ashvini Reddy, MD, and her experienced ophthalmology team at Athena Eye Institute in San Antonio, Texas, can help. They screen for and treat macular degeneration to restore your vision and quality of life. Schedule an appointment with Athena Eye Institute over the phone or online at the first sign of vision changes.
Age-related macular degeneration is an eye disease that causes problems with the retina. The disorder can lead to central vision loss, where you can’t see fine details but your peripheral vision is normal.
Wet macular degeneration is associated with abnormal blood vessels that leak fluid or blood in the macula of your retina. Dry macular degeneration occurs when cells in the macula break down over time. About 80% of people with macular degeneration have the dry form.
The following signs and symptoms may indicate macular degeneration:
If you experience any of these symptoms, see Dr. Reddy for an evaluation to detect and treat macular degeneration before vision loss occurs.
Though macular degeneration can happen to anybody, certain factors increase your risk of developing it. Examples include:
Having heart disease also increases your risk of developing macular degeneration.
To diagnose macular degeneration, Dr. Reddy and her team review your family history, medical history, and symptoms.
They complete a comprehensive dilated eye exam to view the back part of your eyes and test for defects in central vision. They might also use special imaging tests to get a better view of your retina and look for signs of deterioration.
Your personalized macular degeneration treatment plan is based on the type and severity of your condition. Dr. Reddy might recommend:
You can take steps to delay the progression of macular degeneration by eating a healthy diet, not smoking, and taking certain dietary supplements.
Undergoing low vision rehabilitation with an occupational or rehabilitation specialist helps you learn how to adapt to vision changes that accompany macular degeneration.
If you have advanced macular degeneration, Dr. Reddy might recommend surgery to implant a special lens in one of your eyes to enhance and magnify vision.
Don’t let macular degeneration progress to severe vision loss when simple treatment options are available at Athena Eye Institute. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online at the first sign of vision changes.