As we age, macular degeneration in San Antonio, TX is a concern. Age-related macular degeneration is a silent threat with few symptoms in the early stage. In fact, you can lose your vision permanently if you let AMD go untreated. The Vision Place offers a diagnostic exam for this type of ocular disease, as well as comprehensive treatment for macular degeneration. Learn more about how your San Antonio optometrist can treat macular degeneration following an eye exam and diagnosis.
Individuals with Macular Degeneration
Macular degeneration is a common albeit very serious eye disease that is more common among adults who are over 50. As you age, you become susceptible to this disease if you lack certain vitamins and minerals, or smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol. More pointedly, women who are Caucasian are more likely to develop age-related macular degeneration. Genetics and a family history of AMD are also indicators that you may contract the disease.
Understanding Age-Related Macular Degeneration
If you have macular degeneration, the macula in your retina becomes damaged. This part of the retina is key to allowing you to focus on details of objects in your vision. The damage occurs either to the macula tissue, in the case of dry age-related macular degeneration. If you have a condition in which the blood vessels that connect the macula to the retina are broken or leaking, then you will have wet macular degeneration. Both wet and dry age-related macular degeneration cannot be cured, but the progression can be slowed with treatment by an optometrist in San Antonio, TX.
Treating Macular Degeneration
To treat macular degeneration our eye doctor first diagnoses your stage of AMD. If you are at the early onset of the disease, a few lifestyle changes can be effective, such as exercising more and changing your diet. If you have advanced macular degeneration, you may need to take supplements called AREDS that focus on replenishing the nutrients lacking your diet that are related to AMD. Another treatment for serious age-related macular degeneration is the use of laser treatments to resolve the swelling, leaking blood vessels of the retina.
Contact Our Optometrist for an Eye Exam
Here at the Vision Place, our priority is your eye and vision health. We offer a comprehensive annual eye exam that lets our optometrist check your macula and retina for any signs of AMD. We can help you with professional ocular disease treatment so the macular degeneration progresses as slow as possible. At our full-service optometry clinic in San Antonio, TX we also provide complete vision correction services including eyeglasses and contact lenses for your entire family.
To schedule an eye exam or for more information about AMD treatment, contact our office at 210-764-6013.