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Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration Treatment Midtown EastVideo about the macula
Macular degeneration, also known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a common condition in older adults and the leading cause of vision loss and blindness in people over the age of 65. Macular degeneration affects the macula, the part of the retina responsible for the crisp, detailed vision needed for reading or driving. As this area breaks down, central vision becomes hazy and parts of vision can be missing.

Types

Macular degeneration can be classified as either wet (neovascular) or dry (non-neovascular). In dry macular degeneration, the more common of the two, cellular waste products called drusen accumulate, resulting in a loss of normal retinal cells. In wet macular degeneration, abnormal vessel growth leads to leakage of fluid and bleeding that results in a loss of normal retinal cells. About 10% of patients will develop wet AMD, although it accounts for 90% of the vision loss caused by all types of AMD.

Macular Degeneration Treatment Midtown EastVideo on Wet AMD
Macular Degeneration Treatment Midtown EastVideo on Dry AMD

Symptoms

Macular Degeneration Treatment Midtown East
Example of vision with
macular degeneration.
Macular Degeneration Treatment Midtown East
Dry Macular Degeneration

Patients with macular degeneration may notice gradual changes to their vision, fuzzy or distorted vision or perceive straight lines as wavy. Amsler grid testing can help identify changes in central vision. Regular eye exams are important so macular degeneration can be detected early and permanent visual side effects can be minimized.

Risk Factors and Treatment

Risk factors include advancing age, smoking, and a family history of macular degeneration. Although there is no cure, for macular degeneration there are several treatment options. These include vitamins, lasers and medications.

 

To learn more about macular degeneration, please call 212-753-6464 today to schedule a consultation.

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Ophthalmology Midtown East
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