Macular degeneration is the most common cause of vision loss for people 60 and older. It cannot be prevented nor can it can be cured, but it can be managed. And with early detection, further vision loss can be avoided. At Chicago Vision Club, we’re specialists when it comes to the evaluation and treatment of macular degeneration.
There is both wet and dry varieties of this eye disease. About 90% of cases are dry. Wet macular degeneration occurs when there is abnormal blood vessel grown underneath the macula (the small part at the center of your retina). The result can be that your ocular blood vessels leak blood and eye fluid into your retinas, causing distorted vision. Straight lines may appear wavy, central vision is typically diminished, and blind spots in the center of your vision may occur. Dry macular degeneration is marked by yellow deposits called drusen. Vision grows dim or distorted and the same effects of lost central vision and blind spots are likely. Our best eye doctor in Lake View will conduct testing, including a complete eye exam. You may be tested also with the Amsler grid, in order to zero in on any areas where distorted vision or blind spots may be. A dilated retinal exam and slit-lamp exam might also be recommended. For wet macular degeneration, laser surgery, photodynamic therapy, and eye injections can be effective, although none of them will create permanent results. Dry macular degeneration has no treatment for it, but since it develops more slowly, it is easier for you to maintain a satisfying degree of vision for considerably longer. Age is the only cause of macular degeneration, but our best eye doctor in Lake View can discuss your risk factors with you. Among them are smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, and heredity. Those with lighter colored eyes and skin are more pone, too. And women are at greater risk than men.
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