Macular Degeneration Specialist

Jason Eugenides, OD -  - Optometrist

Vanderbilt Optical

Jason Eugenides, OD

Optometrist located in Naples, FL

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 Q & A

What is macular degeneration?

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.

What causes macular degeneration?

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:

  • Are over the age of 65
  • Have a family history of the condition
  • Are Caucasian
  • Smoke cigarettes
  • Are obese
  • Have cardiovascular disease

How is macular degeneration treated?

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:

 

  • Medication — Drugs that help to stop new blood vessels from forming or to prevent fluid leakage from existing vessels
  • Surgery — Different procedures that help to address and resolve macular deterioration, blood vessel growth, or scar tissue 
  • Vitamins — Supplements like beta-carotene, zinc, copper, and vitamins C and E, believed to help reduce vision loss
  • Low-vision aids — Devices to help enlarge nearby objects so you can see more clearly


Dr. Eugenides can successfully treat your macular degeneration so you don’t lose your vision or experience complications later in life.

To book an appointment at Vanderbilt Optical today, call the office or use the easy online scheduler.