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Symptoms of Macular Degeneration

February 26, 2022
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Posted By: Envision Optical
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At Envision Optical in Tweed Heads and Burleigh Waters, our optometrist Dr Andrew Bowden can help you protect your eye health, such as providing treatment for macular degeneration. 

With routine eye exams, we can work together to prevent or manage the progression of macular degeneration and other eye conditions. In addition, your Tweed Heads optometrist offers various treatments for eye conditions such as macular degeneration. 

What Is Macular Degeneration? 

Macular degeneration is a progressive eye disease that affects a person's central field of vision due to a thinning macula. 

Though a person may not notice vision problems in the disease's early stages, they may be less likely to see changes when both eyes are simultaneously affected. This is because there are two types of macular degeneration: dry and wet. 

Dry macular degeneration commonly affects people over the age of 50 and occurs when the retina's centre deteriorates. 

Wet macular degeneration occurs when leaky and damaged blood vessels grow beneath the retina. Fluid buildup in the back of the eye can also cause this disease. 

Signs and Symptoms of Macular Degeneration

Symptoms associated with dry macular degeneration include:

  • Reduced central vision
  • Distorted vision
  • Difficulty adapting to low lights
  • Fuzzy or blurry vision 
  • Difficulty recognizing faces
  • Retinal damage

Signs of wet macular degeneration are:

  • Visual distortions
  • Reduced central vision
  • Blurry spots in your field of vision
  • A dark spot in central vision due to leaking fluid or blood vessels
  • Hazy vision

Wet macular degeneration usually progresses faster than dry macular degeneration. 

Treatment for Macular Degeneration 

Treatment for macular degeneration depends on the patient's specific case, such as the type of degeneration (wet or dry), severity of the condition and more. Macular degeneration can be treated and controlled with the following:

  • A special combination of minerals and vitamins
  • Medications, such as anti-VEGF agents or VEGFR inhibitors to prevent the formation of abnormal blood vessels 
  • Surgery 
  • Corrective lenses, contact lenses, or glasses

Do you need help managing macular degeneration? Please don't hesitate to connect with our Tweed Heads or Burleigh Waters team to arrange an eye appointment.  

Contact Our Tweed Heads Eye Clinic

Your eye health and wellness are our highest priority. Andrew Bowden and our skilled team can perform a comprehensive eye examination and offer the best treatment for your unique needs. 

If you notice changes in your central vision or ability to see fine detail and colour, we invite you to contact us today