Macular degeneration is, unfortunately, a somewhat common eye disorder that affects the central vision. That means it affects what you see in front of you but not your peripheral vision. You may have one of two types of macular degeneration. One is called wet macular degeneration, and one is known as dry macular degeneration. Of the two types, dry macular degeneration is the most common.
Macular degeneration affects the macula. The macula is the central area of the retina, and it's located at the back of your eye. With this area of the eye, we see details, and when you have macular degeneration, you lose the ability to see those details. So one of the most common symptoms of macular degeneration is blurred vision.
Macular degeneration is progressive, meaning the condition worsens over time. And, sadly, it's one of the leading causes of vision loss in Australia.
While macular degeneration cannot be cured, there are treatments available to help slow its progress, and in some cases, it may even be possible to restore some of the patient's vision.
Macular Degeneration Treatment in Tweed Heads
Treatments for macular degeneration in Tweed Heads or Burleigh Waters may include:
- Nutritional therapy
- Various medications or eye injections
- Photodynamic therapy (PDT) or laser surgery
When you visit Envision Optical for a comprehensive exam, one of our skilled optometrists, Andrew Bowden, Cassia Baan or Nicole Arnold, will discuss your treatment options and offer advice on the best course of action for your specific situation.
They will also be happy to answer any questions you may have at that time. We want you to feel fully confident in your care and treatments at Envision Dental, so never hesitate to ask anything that's on your mind.
Am I at Risk for Macular Degeneration?
While we're not certain why macular degeneration occurs in every case, some risk factors are associated with the common eye disorder.
Risk factors include:
- A family history of macular degeneration
- A history of cardiovascular disease or hypertension
- Being over 50 years of age
- Being overweight
- Exposure to UV light on a regular basis
- Women have a higher risk of macular degeneration than men
If you believe you may have macular degeneration, we encourage you to seek advice from a medical professional. We also invite you to contact our friendly team for assistance or to arrange your consultation with an optometrist at Envision Dental.
Prompt treatment is important with macular degeneration as we can sometimes slow the disorder's progress when we catch it early