Macular Degeneration Treatment at Sayville Family Eye Care
It's difficult to imagine any things more alarming than not being able to see people, objects, or text directly in front of you -- even if you can still see at the periphery of your visual field. This is the challenge presented by macular degeneration, an incurable, age-related deterioration of retinal tissue that can destroy much of your eyesight. But you can protect your vision against this marauding disease, thanks to early diagnosis and treatment from our optometrist at Sayville Family Eye Care.
An Age-Related Threat to Your Eyesight
Macular degeneration is often abbreviated as AMD (age-related macular degeneration) because it usually strikes in a person's 50s and beyond. It's an affliction of the part of the retina known as the macula, which receives incoming light and delivers the data for your central vision to the brain via the optic nerve. When AMD attacks the macula, you may start to experience distortions in this all-important part of your vision, such as straight lines appearing wavy. "Blank spots" may begin to appear in this zone until they ruin your ability to see people's faces, read a book, watch TV, or drive a car.
Macular degeneration comes in two main forms, one of which is more damaging than the other. Most sufferers have the earlier stage, known as dry macular degeneration, characterized by the accumulation of particles called drusen on the macula. Some sufferers advances to the more advanced stage, wet macular degeneration. This condition is so-called because it involves blood vessel leakage and bleeding into the macular tissues and the interior of the eye. Abnormal blood vessels spring up to replace the old blood vessels, only to cause even more bleeding.
Why do people get macular degeneration? While age is the main consideration, other risk factors may include an unhealthy diet, sedentary habits, smoking, and exposure to UV or HEV (blue-tinged high-energy light) radiation.
Our Eye Doctor Can Help You Protect Your Vision
Sadly, the damage done by macular degeneration is irreversible -- but our eye doctor can help you prevent or minimize that damage. Annual eye exams play a crucial role in detecting retinal or vision changes as early as possible. We can offer preventative recommendations, from protective eyewear to lifestyle changes, to reduce your odds for the disease. We can monitor dry macular degeneration and provide nutritional protocols or medications to control wet macular degeneration.
Contact Our Sayville Optometry Center!
Our Sayville optometry center is dedicated to helping you save your sight against the ravages of macular degeneration. Call our optometrist at (631) 589-1850 today to schedule a comprehensive eye exam!