Macular degeneration is an eye condition in which the central part of the retina deteriorates. It can cause eye dryness, blurry vision, and a decreased ability to see the brightness of colors. To resolve these symptoms and treat macular degeneration today, visit Dr. Jason Eugenides at Vanderbilt Optical. Serving patients in Naples, Florida, Dr. Eugenides treats both minor and serious eye conditions in both children and adults.
Macular degeneration is an eye disease that affects the macula part of your retina. Age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, is the most common form of the condition. When the retina deteriorates, it compromises your ability to see things clearly and perform daily activities. Many patients still have strong peripheral vision but have problems seeing objects in front of them.
There are two types of age-related macular degeneration: dry AMD and wet AMD. In dry AMD, the macula gets thinner as you age, and protein deposits grow in the eye. In wet AMD, abnormal blood vessels grow near the retina and can leak fluids that scar the macula.
AMD usually affects both of the eyes, but it progresses slowly. Many patients don't realize they have a problem until they experience a loss of vision or extremely blurry vision.
AMD is the leading cause of vision loss in American adults over the age of 60.
It's not entirely clear what causes macular degeneration. It is most likely due to a variety of factors that are both hereditary and environmental in nature. Macular degeneration is more common with age, as the delicate structure of the eye begins to wear down.
You may be more likely to develop macular degeneration if you:
Dr. Eugenides treats macular degeneration differently depending on the cause and the type of your AMD. For many patients, treatment requires a combination of different therapies, which may include:
Dr. Eugenides can successfully treat your macular degeneration so you don’t lose your vision or experience complications later in life.
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