Clarkson Eyecare is staffed with highly trained eye doctors who use the latest technology to conduct thorough eye exams and help diagnose and treat a variety of eye conditions, including macular degeneration. Through our doctors' experience, skills, and expertise they are able to help patients go through treatment options and improve their vision.
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What is Macular Degeneration?
Macular degeneration is an eye disease affecting the macula (the center of the light-sensitive retina at the back of the eye), causing loss or blurriness of central vision. The disease usually occurs as you get older, so it’s commonly referred to as age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision impairment and loss for those 60 and above. The disease doesn’t cause total blindness, but does blur vision, so the eye doctors at Clarkson Eyecare can help treat the condition so it doesn’t worsen.
Macular Degeneration Risk Factors
There isn’t one specific cause for AMD and there are risk factors to be aware of. Besides aging, other common risk factors include: obesity, genetics, family history, cardiovascular disease, smoking, high blood pressure, and is more common in women. Many of these factors will increase chances of being diagnosed with macular degeneration or can increase the severity of symptoms.
Who Experiences AMD?
AMD is the leading cause of vision loss in adults over the age of 60, which is why the disease is called age-related macular degeneration. Macular degeneration primarily happens in older adults to the natural wear of vision as you age and tissues in the eye weaken. While AMD primarily affects adults, it can happen to those with family history of the condition or to smokers.
It is extremely important to protect your eyes and prevent further vision loss if you are experiencing AMD. Our doctors at Clarkson Eyecare can help diagnose, discuss options, and create a treatment plan if you do have age-related macular degeneration. Schedule an appointment for an eye exam to treat AMD.
With wet and dry macular degeneration, vision is often blurred, colors might appear differently, and it can be hard to make out fine print or see while driving. Wet macular degeneration also causes lines to appear wavy.
While there isn’t a cure for AMD, there are steps the eye doctors at Clarkson Eyecare can help with to lessen symptoms. Retina and low vision specialists can help with rehab exercises to prevent further vision loss.
The experienced eye doctors at Clarkson Eyecare help diagnose and treat AMD, and work with you to prevent further loss, or from the condition spreading to your other eye.