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Aging causes changes in the eyes that can lead to a number of age-related vision problems. Macular degeneration is a progressive eye condition that can result in vision loss if left untreated. At Primary Eyecare & Optical of Meridian, MS, we provide management of macular degeneration to help protect your vision.
Macular degeneration is a progressive eye condition, in which a part of the retina called the “macula” becomes damaged, leading to a loss of the ability to see fine details of images in the central field of vision. Peripheral vision may be normal, but the central field experiences blurred spots and blank areas. Heredity, obesity, high blood pressure, and smoking all increase the risk for developing AMD.
Macular degeneration occurs in two forms, the “dry" form and the "wet” form. The dry form composes about 80 percent of AMD cases. In the dry form, tiny clumps of protein called “drusen,” develop in the macula, which increasingly impairs vision. The wet form of the disease is much less common. In the wet form, new blood vessels form under the retina and may bleed or leak fluid, causing scarring of the macula and vision loss.
In the early stages, you may not notice any symptoms or changes in vision. However, as the disease progresses, lines may seem wavy, rather than straight, and you may notice spots or blank spots in your field of vision.
Your eye doctor in Meridian can detect early signs of macular degeneration during a comprehensive eye exam. A visual device called an “Amsler grid” is also used to diagnose AMD.
Currently, there is no treatment available for the dry form of AMD. However, taking supplements of lutein, zeaxanthin, vitamin E, vitamin C, omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, and copper can help to slow the progress of the disease. The wet form of AMD is treated with medications and laser surgery to control the growth of new blood vessels.
Dr. Duong and the team at Primary Eyecare & Optical are committed to helping their patients in Meridian, MS and nearby communities maintain good vision throughout life. We offer a full range of vision care services, including designer frames, contact lens fitting, pediatric eye care, dry eye treatment and management of eye diseases. Call Primary Eyecare & Optical of Meridian today at 601-485-2020 for an appointment to have your eyes checked and to learn about macular degeneration and other eye diseases of aging.