Macular Degeneration and Eye Care
We at Lisa M McDevitt, O.D. in Reading, PA are here to provide you eye care and to help diagnose eye diseases such as macular degeneration.
What Is Macular Degeneration?
Age-related macular degeneration is an eye disease that harms the macula, which is the central part of the retina. It is a significant cause of vision loss among people over the age of 50 and can harm a person's quality of life.
There are two types of macular degeneration: dry AMD and wet AMD. Dry AMD is more common and usually progresses slowly, causing gradual vision loss over time. Wet AMD, on the other hand, is less common but more severe and can cause rapid and severe vision loss.
What Are Symptoms of Macular Degeneration?
Symptoms of macular degeneration may include blurred or distorted vision, difficulty seeing in low light, and a loss of central vision. In some cases, people may also experience a dark or empty spot in the center of their vision. Early detection and treatment are essential for managing macular degeneration and preserving vision.
Several treatments are available to help slow age-related macular degeneration progression and manage its symptoms. For dry AMD, lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, eating a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and exercising regularly may help slow its progression.
What Types of Eye Care Can an Eye Doctor Provide for Macular Degeneration?
For wet AMD, treatment typically involves injections of medication into the eye to reduce inflammation and stop the growth of abnormal blood vessels in the retina. This treatment can be effective in preventing further vision loss, but it requires injections and monitoring by an eye specialist.
In addition to medical treatments, there are several low-vision aids and devices available that can help people with macular degeneration live independently and maintain their quality of life.
Get an Eye Exam
Routine eye exams can be key in catching and treating not just macular degeneration, but other eye diseases like glaucoma as well. Our optometrist on can provide these exams so you can avoid vision loss and maintain your quality of life.
Visit Us in Reading, PA, for an Eye Exam Today
If you are looking for an eye doctor in Reading, PA, come see us at Lisa M McDevitt, OD today. A licensed optometrist, Dr. McDevitt will conduct an eye exam to see what eye care you might need. Give us a call at (610) 796-1300 for more information.