Age-related macular degeneration is a deterioration or breakdown of the eye's macula, which is the central portion of the retina, inside the back of the eye. With macular degeneration, you may have symptoms such as blurriness, dark areas or distortion in your central vision, and perhaps permanent loss of your central vision. It does not cause total blindness, as the peripheral vision is usually uninvolved.
The most common forms of the disorder are “dry” (atrophic) and “wet” (exudative) degeneration. The dry form is most common and results from aging and thinning of the retina. The wet type results from leakage from abnormal vessels beneath the retina. It may appear suddenly and progresses rapidly. If detected early in its course, this type may respond to treatment with laser therapy or medications. Certain vitamin and mineral supplements may decrease the risk of progression.
At GTOC, your exam for macular degeneration will include dilation of your eyes to check for early signs of disease. We have the latest technology in diagnostic equipment including OCT retinal scanning. We can offer you treatments that will help to preserve your sight. Come See For Yourself what it means to get care from one of the doctors at GTOC.
Come See For Yourself what it means to get care from a macular degeneration specialist at GTOC.
To learn more about macular degeneration and low vision, please visit the following websites:
- EyeSmart: What Is Age-Related Macular Degeneration
- National Eye Institute: Facts About Macular Degeneration