At Vision 3C Specialists in San Antonio and Floresville, we are often asked by our patients about macular degeneration. To help put your mind at ease, our eye doctor is answering some of the most commonly asked questions about this eye disease.
What Is Macular Degeneration?
It makes sense to start with this question because many of our patients have heard of macular degeneration, but aren't sure what it is. This eye condition is considered a progressive disease that affects the macula, which is located in the center of the retina. It's responsible for providing us with clear vision. It's prevalence increases with age, and it can be responsible for vision loss.
Does Macular Degeneration Have Symptoms?
It can be a little tricky to identify this condition early on, so it's imperative to visit our eye doctor for your routine checkups. However, some symptoms may be a signal for the onset of macular degeneration. You may notice that your central vision is blurry or that you have trouble reading. Also, straight lines may appear to have a wave-like structure. If you notice any of these signs, schedule an appointment immediately.
Are There Different Forms Of Macular Degeneration?
Here is an overview of the two types of macular degeneration:
- Dry macular degeneration makes up about 90 percent of individuals who get diagnosed with this condition. As stated earlier, it's a degenerative disease, and this form slowly damages the cells in the retina that sense light.
- Wet macular degeneration is much less common, but its effects are noticed much more rapidly when a blood vessel forms under the retina. The fluid can then leak from the vessel and damage the macula.
Will I Completely Lose My Vision?
Although macular degeneration will lead to vision loss, it won't make you go completely blind. Peripheral vision will still be intact, but it will be hard to see with the sharpness you've once had.
Are There Treatments for Macular Degeneration?
Unfortunately, there isn't a cure for this eye disease, but it can be managed better if it's caught early on. Our eye doctor can oversee your condition, and may suggest anti-oxidants or minerals to help manage dry macular degeneration. If you have wet macular degeneration, you may consider laser surgery with our eye surgeon to help treat the compromised blood vessels.
Contact Vision 3C Specialists for More about Macular Degeneration
Whether you've been diagnosed with macular degeneration or you are concerned that you could develop it, our eye surgeon from Vision 3C Specialists is here to help. Remember, good eye health starts with an eye exam. Call (210) 538-2020 to schedule an appointment in our San Antonio or Floresville office today!