Macular degeneration, also known as age-related macular degeneration, is an eye condition that causes blurred vision that worsens over time. This condition can affect one or both eyes, depending on its severity. In severe cases, it causes loss of central vision or complete blindness. At Livermore Optometry Group, we aim to provide the best optometry services to residents of Livermore and the surrounding communities.
What is Macular Degeneration?
The eye's macula is the part of the retina that enables you to see fine details and colors. Macular degeneration occurs when the small area of central vision that allows clear, detailed vision becomes damaged. As it progresses, this condition creates blind spots in your central field of vision.
Macular degeneration does not affect your peripheral vision. It is a prevalent condition and a leading vision loss cause in older people. In age-related macular degeneration, part of the retina is damaged, and in the advanced stages, you could lose your ability to see faces, drive, or read small print.
What Causes Macular Degeneration?
This condition is caused by the macula's deterioration. There is dry and wet macular degeneration, which affects a significant number of people. Age-related macular degeneration is sometimes an inherited eye disease, but in some cases, it affects people with no family history of this condition. There are several causes and risk factors of macular degeneration, with the most common being:
- Family history of AMD
- High blood pressure or hypertension
- Eating fat-saturated foods
Macular Degeneration Treatment
Age-related macular degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss, especially in people over 50. It leads to gradual visual impairment and, in some cases, rapid vision loss. While seeing an optometrist, an eye exam is administered and a medical history is taken. The following tests are also performed to aid in diagnosing and early treatment of this condition.
- Visual acuity test
- Pupil dilation
- Amsler grid test
The eye doctor then prescribes a treatment plan based on your age and overall health, the extent and nature of the disease, and your tolerance for specific procedures and medications. There is no particular treatment for macular degeneration, but you can opt for visual rehabilitation programs and low-vision devices to strengthen and build your visual skills.
Visit Livermore Optometry Group for Macular Degeneration Treatment
If you are experiencing any signs of macular degeneration, our optometrists can help. Call our team at Livermore Optometry Group in Livermore today at (925) 447-3883 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.