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Macular Degeneration

Learn more about macular degeneration treatment in Newport Beach, CA.

More than just age-related, know your risk and protect your sight.

Imagine a world where colors lose their vibrancy, faces become blurry, and reading becomes a struggle. This is the reality for millions living with macular degeneration, a condition affecting the central part of the retina responsible for sharp, detailed vision.

But amidst the blurry landscape, there’s hope. Understanding this condition and taking proactive steps can empower you to protect your vision and maintain a life filled with clarity. Early detection is crucial in slowing the progression of macular degeneration and preserving vision. Contact us to schedule a consultation today!

Macular Degeneration

What is macular degeneration?

Macular degeneration is an eye disease that affects the macula, the central part of the retina responsible for sharp, detailed vision. The macula allows us to see fine details, read, recognize faces, and perform daily tasks that require precise vision. Any damage to this area of the retina will affect your head-on vision.

There are two main types of macular degeneration: Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and other less common forms, such as Stargardt disease (juvenile MD) and cone-rod dystrophy, which affect different parts of the macula. AMD is the most common form, affecting people over 50. AMD develops in two stages:

What causes macular degeneration?

Unfortunately, macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of vision loss, often targets those over 50. But knowing the risk factors is your first line of defense in protecting your sight. While not the sole culprit, age plays a significant role. The risk of AMD starts to climb steadily after 50, urging us to prioritize eye health as we age.

If AMD runs in your family, be extra vigilant. Having a close relative with the condition increases your risk, highlighting the importance of family history discussions. Smoking is also a significant risk factor for AMD. Quitting smoking, or never starting in the first place, is a powerful way to safeguard your vision.

While age, genetics, and smoking stand out, other factors deserve attention. Obesity, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol can also contribute to AMD risk. Managing these conditions through healthy lifestyle choices empowers your overall well-being, including your eyes.

How treatment works

While there’s no cure for macular degeneration (AMD), there’s reason for hope! For dry AMD, vitamin supplements, a healthy lifestyle, and regular eye exams can slow its progression. For wet AMD, injections, laser therapy, and rehabilitation offer options to manage symptoms and preserve vision. Remember, early detection is critical.

Schedule regular eye exams, especially if you’re at higher risk, and don’t delay seeking help if you experience any symptoms. Don’t let AMD dim your future – fight for your vision!

Macular Degeneration

Frequently Asked Questions

Early detection allows for prompt treatment, significantly impacting vision preservation. Regular eye exams, especially after 50, are crucial.

The most common symptom is blurred central vision, making it difficult to see fine details. Other symptoms include distorted lines, reduced color vision, central blind spots, and difficulty adjusting to lights.

No, but there are treatments to slow progression and manage symptoms. Vitamin supplements, healthy lifestyle changes, and regular eye exams can aid in managing dry AMD. Anti-VEGF injections, laser therapy, and rehabilitation therapy can be used to manage wet AMD.

If you experience signs of AMD, book an appointment immediately for diagnosis and treatment options.

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