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Macular degeneration is also known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This condition occurs due to the deterioration of the retina. This condition can severely impair your vision.
There are two types of macular degeneration, dry and wet.
In the early stages, this condition shows no symptoms. In some cases, you may notice a gradual vision loss. Also, straight lines can appear distorted. In the later stages, you can see dark, blurry areas or whiteout areas in your vision. The final stage of macular degeneration causes permanent blindness.
There are a few factors that can put you at risk of macular degeneration.
A: Your optometrist can detect macular degeneration during an annual eye exam. Your optometrist will examine your retina. They will check for drusen and fluid in the eye.
If your eye doctor suspects macular degeneration, they will use an Amsler grid test. This a pattern of straight lines that resemble a checkerboard. If some of the lines appear missing to you, it is a sign that you have macular degeneration.
An optical coherence tomography is commonly used. This is a special photo that shows a 3D image of your retina that is magnified.
Finally, your doctor may order a fluorescein angiography. They will inject dye into the vein in your arm. As the dye reaches your eyes and flows through the blood vessels in the retina, the optometrist will take photos. This will let them see if new blood vessels have developed and if they are leaking fluid in the macula.
A: Unfortunately, there is no cure for macular degeneration. However, there are treatments available that can slow the progression of the disease and slowing the progression of your vision loss.
Regular eye care with Andrew Stone Optometry in Columbia is essential in detecting this condition in the early stages. During the exam, all eye diseases can be caught in the early stages so that they can treat or slow the progression of the disease. Call us today at 573-445-7750.
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