What Are the Forms and Symptoms of Macular Degeneration?

older woman reading Macular DegenerationAge-related macular degeneration (ARMD) is an eye condition characterized by deterioration of the macula, which is the part of the retina responsible for our ability to clearly read, see fine detail, and even appreciate color. ARMD is currently the number one cause of blindness in people aged 50 and older, and it is generally asymptomatic until early signs of vision loss – such as shadowy and/or fuzzy areas of distortion in your central eyesight – mark its beginning.

There are two forms of age-related macular degeneration: “dry” ARMD and “wet” ARMD. Though both generally involve withering of the retina, the dry and wet forms of ARMD are distinguished by the absence and presence of fluid/blood leakage, respectively. To date, no scientific research has determined that dry ARMD can be slowed or cured with medical treatment; however, further testing is still being conducted, and eating a nutritious diet high in eye-healthy vitamins, supplements, and antioxidants may help prevent its advancement. In contrast, a number of treatments have proven to help delay the progression of wet ARMD – which is accountable for more than 80 percent of individuals who are diagnosed as legally blind from the condition – as well as aid in the prevention of further vision loss.

At Chester County Eye Care Associates, our team of experienced eye doctors offers several potential treatment methods for wet ARMD, including Lucentis, Avastin, and Photodynamic Therapy (PDT). If you believe you or a loved one may be suffering from macular degeneration and would like to schedule an eye care appointment at our practice, please do not hesitate to contact us today.

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