If you are looking for an excellent vision practice where you can receive macular degeneration evaluation and treatment, then you should visit us at Chicago Vision Club. Our optometrist in Chicago IL will be able to accurately diagnose macular degeneration, if it is present, and then let you know which treatment options are available.
Our optometrist in Chicago IL will also be able to give you some tips on how to avoid developing macular degeneration. Some ways to reduce your risk of developing macular degeneration include: eating a diet high in green vegetables and fish; not smoking; maintaining a regular level of blood pressure and weight; and exercising regularly. Macular degeneration is actually a term for several different eye diseases all of which affect the macula, the part of your eye that is involved with central or detail vision. There are several types of macular degeneration with the most common form being age-related macular degeneration. This vision problem usually affects people over the age of 60. Age-related macular degeneration can be either wet or dry. Wet age-related macular degeneration is a less common form, but is more aggressive and will cause more severe vision loss. Dry age-related macular degeneration is much more common, and is much slower to progress. When a patient has wet age-related macular degeneration, abnormal blood vessels grow underneath the retina, and cause the macula to be affected. In these cases, vision loss can occur quite rapidly. However, in some cases of macular degeneration vision loss can occur quite slowly. This is why it is important to have periodic eye exams during which this eye disease can be diagnosed. Macular degeneration usually affects both eyes eventually. With dry age-related macular degeneration, the light-sensitive cells in the macula break down; this causes central vision to diminish. Wet age-related macular degeneration is often treated with laser surgery, photodynamic therapy, or injections into the eye.
For an appointment to meet with our optometrist in Chicago IL for a macular degeneration evaluation as part of your comprehensive eye exam, contact us today.