Macular Degeneration

Recognizing Macular Degeneration Early

The macula is the part of the eye that sees the best. Without it, it can become impossible to do daily activities like reading. In fact, you are using your macula to read this text! Macular degeneration is a disease that disrupts the structure of the macula, causing loss of function and leading to vision loss. Patients with macular degeneration can ultimately lose their central vision.

MyEyeDr. practices use the newest technology during our eye health exams to get to the root of your vision problems. If you think you may have macular degeneration, your local MyEyeDr. practice can help with diagnosis and treatment recommendations.

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The Best Tools to Diagnose Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is more common in patients over the age of 60 and can be categorized into two types: dry macular degeneration and wet macular degeneration. The dry type occurs when deposits and extra pigment collect in the center of the retina. With wet macular degeneration, leaky blood vessels grow underneath the retina. In both types, blurry and/or distorted vision are the main symptoms.

During your eye exam with a MyEyeDr. optometrist, your doctor will utilize various tools and technology like retinal photography to examine your macula and make recommendations as to the appropriate treatment or follow-up testing if needed.

MyEyeDr. practices are proud to meet your eye health and visual needs, making our eye practices a one-stop shop for all things vision care. To see one of our optometrists, make an appointment using our online form, through the Patient Portal (for established patients) or by calling your local MyEyeDr. office.

MyEyeDr. practices are proud to offer education regarding treatment options for macular degneration in MD, VA, NC, GA, FL and Washington, DC.