Visit Your Ozark Eye Doctor for Expert Management of Eye Disease
Macular degeneration is one of the most common causes for blindness in the US among people over 65 years old, and it tends to run in families. Despite these statistics, there is presently no cure for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). However, our Ozark eye doctor can recommend a number of effective treatment options to slow or halt the disease’s progression.
Treatments for AMD can help prevent blindness and vision loss. In some cases, these treatments even improve the vision of people with AMD. If you have macular degeneration, our Ozark eye doctor will monitor and manage your disease to help you preserve your quality vision for as long as possible. Your clear and healthy eyesight is our mission.
What are the two types of macular degeneration?
- Dry macular degeneration: progresses more slowly and vision damage is usually less severe. When dry AMD is diagnosed early, our Ozark eye doctor can help prevent it from advancing into wet AMD, which is generally more aggressive and extreme.
- Wet macular degeneration: abnormal blood vessels grow (angiogenesis) and leak, leading to the development of scar tissue. Wet AMD is the more serious form of this eye disease.
What happens after a diagnosis of macular degeneration?
If our eye doctor detects AMD during a comprehensive eye exam in our Ozark eye care clinic, we will advise you about the best preventive therapies to keep your eyes healthy. And the sooner you begin these treatments, the better your prognosis! AMD can remain silent during the beginning stages, but we can spot the early signs during an eye exam. That is why routine eye exams are so essential.
What is treatment for the two types of macular degeneration?
Treatment for dry macular degeneration may consist of taking high doses of zinc and antioxidants. Additional scientific research is needed, yet a promising study by the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health demonstrated that specific vitamins (C, E, beta-carotene, zinc, and copper) reduced the risk of vision loss in patients with dry macular degeneration.
Treatment for wet macular degeneration may involve injecting AMD medication directly into your eye, which works to suppress the growth of more problematic blood vessels. Laser therapy is another encouraging therapeutic option in which laser is used to destroy abnormal blood vessels that are growing.
Our Ozark eye doctor brings years of experience, skill, and a compassionate manner to treating macular degeneration. We will discuss the benefits, risks, and limitations of various treatments with you, so you are well informed and involved in your healthcare.