Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration Diagnosis and Treatment by Our Eye Doctor in Columbia

Macular degeneration is progressive eye disease that affects people over the age of 50. The condition affects the macula of the eye, a structure that contains millions of light-sensing cells that serve to sharpen central vision. The macula is located at the center of the retina at the back of the eye. When the macula becomes damaged, images cannot focus properly, and vision in the central field becomes blurred or darkened. Age is the most common risk factor for the development of macular degeneration. Family history and genetics are also key factors in its development. Macular degeneration is more common in Caucasians than in other racial groups. Our optometrist in Columbia can detect the subtle eye changes that indicate early stages of macular degeneration so that you can receive early treatment to preserve your vision.

Elderly copule riding bikes outside.

Macular Degeneration Symptoms

Macular degeneration symptoms progress in their severity over time. In the early stages of AMD, you may experience no symptoms of vision changes at all. However, gradually, you will begin to notice slight changes. You may notice that straight lines appear wavy. There may be blurry areas or darkened areas in your field of vision, or you may see whitened areas. You may detect changes in your perception of colors. Any change in vision after the age of 40 should prompt you to make an appointment with an optometrist in Columbia to determine the cause. Early eye disease management can help to slow or prevent vision deterioration from AMD.

Macular Degeneration Treatment

Macular degeneration treatment depends on which form of the disease you have. The dry form is the most commonly seen form of the disease, accounting for 85 to 90 percent of cases of AMD. It does not involve the leakage of serum or blood and tends to progress slowly. Eating a healthy diet, rich in antioxidants, controlling weight, managing high blood pressure and taking supplements of lutein and zeaxanthin can help to slow the progress of dry form AMD. The wet form of the disease is more serious, causing the excessive growth of blood vessels in the eyes. Treatments include injections of medication, laser surgery, and photodynamic therapy.

Contact Andrew Stone Optometry in Columbia for Eye Disease Treatment Today!

Patients that require eye disease treatment can rely on Dr. Andrew Stone and the friendly staff at Andrew Stone Optometry for professional, individualized care. We offer comprehensive vision care services, including vision exams, eyeglasses, contact lenses, hard-to-fit contacts, Ortho-K vision therapy, sports glasses, computer glasses and Lasik eye pre- and post-surgery consultation. We also detect and provide treatment for common eye diseases. Contact Andrew Stone Optometry today at 573-277-4052 for an appointment to test your eyes for macular degeneration and learn about treatments that can help to protect your vision.

Contact Us Today!

Office Hours

Monday:

9:00 am-6:00 pm

Tuesday:

10:00 am-6:00 pm

Wednesday:

7:30 am-1:00 pm

Thursday:

10:00 am-7:00 pm

Friday:

9:00 am-6:00 pm

Saturday:

9:00 am to 1:00 pm

1st and 3rd week of each month

Sunday:

Closed

Location

Featured Articles

Read up on informative topics

  • New Year, New Vision in 2020

    Tired of squinting when you read? Add an eye exam to your list of New Year's resolutions. ...

    Read More
  • How To Read Your Eyeglass Prescription

    Have you ever wondered what your eyeglass prescription says about your vision? ...

    Read More
  • Are Floaters A Sign Of Something Bigger?

    Worried about floaters? Find out when this common vision symptom can be a sign of a serious problem. ...

    Read More
  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Why do I need to see an eye care provider? Many “silent” diseases, such as glaucoma and diabetes, can only be detected through regular eye exams. When these conditions are discovered earlier rather than later, they become easier to treat or manage, allowing for better long-term preservation of eyesight. ...

    Read More
  • Pediatric Ophthlamology

    Ophthalmology addresses the physiology, anatomy and diseases of the eyes. Pediatric ophthalmology focuses on the eyes of children. Pediatric ophthalmologists examine children’s eyes to see if they need corrective lenses or other treatments to improve their vision. Training for Pediatric Ophthalmologists Pediatric ...

    Read More
  • Allergies

    Caused by the same irritants as hay fever, runny nose, coughing, and sneezing, eye allergies commonly affect those who suffer from other allergy symptoms. Not only do eye allergies cause discomfort, but they can also interfere with daily activities. Eye Allergy Causes Medically referred to as allergic ...

    Read More
  • Learning-Related Vision Problems

    Learning disabilities may include dyslexia, math disorder, writing disorder, auditory processing deficits, or visual processing deficits. Although each child with a learning disability is unique, many also have associated visual problems. Addressing these vision disorders may alleviate some symptoms ...

    Read More
  • UV Radiation and Your Eyes

    Optometry warnings about the damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation on our eyes have not yet reached the degree of public awareness of that of skin damage. Yet, the sun can be just as damaging upon our eyes with unprotected exposure. Short-term exposure to very bright sunlight can result in a type ...

    Read More
  • How To Protect Your Eyes While Wearing Halloween-Themed Contact Lenses

    Spooky novelty contact lenses can make your Halloween costume even scarier, but are they safe? ...

    Read More
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy

    Fuchs' dystrophy (pronounced fooks DIS-truh-fee) is an eye disease characterized by degenerative changes to the cornea’s innermost layer of cells. The cause for Fuchs' dystrophy is not fully understood. If your mother or father has the disease, then there is roughly a 50 percent chance that you will ...

    Read More

Newsletter Sign Up