Macular Degeneration Care for the Plano, Prosper, Celina and Frisco Communities
The prospect of a disease afflicting your eyes is intimidating enough, but an eye disease that permanently robs you of your sight is particularly worrying — especially when you don’t even realize that it’s happening to you until too late. Macular degeneration is one such disease. Fortunately, our optometry team at Lone Star Vision can diagnose macular degeneration early enough to prescribe treatments that can save the eyesight of our Plano, Prosper, Celina and Frisco patients.
How Macular Degeneration Affects the Eyes
Macular degeneration is named after the part of the eye is destroys. The macula is a specialized area of the retina, located at the back of the eye. This zone relays visual data to be interpreted at the center of your visual field to the optic nerve. Macular degeneration, also called age-related macular degeneration because it tends to strike during or after middle age, causes gradual, progressive, irreversible damage to the macula. The disease may advance for years without displaying any symptoms, but many sufferers eventually contend with distortions such as wavy images of blank spots in their center of vision. The result may not be total blindness, but it can be severe enough to limit you to peripheral vision.
While it’s not completely understood why macular degeneration occurs, certain risk factors can elevate your chances of getting it. These include:
- Caucasian ethnicity
- Iris color (The lighter the eye color, the greater the risk for AMD)
- UV and/or blue light exposure
Our Optometrists Can Help You Control Macular Degeneration
Since macular degeneration can go unnoticed by sufferers for a long time, it’s absolutely essential that you receive regular comprehensive eye exams to detect this irreversible eye disease (among others). Our optometrists need to examine your eyes with the pupils dilated to obtain the widest possible viewing angle inside your eye. This allows us to see telltale signs of early-stage or “dry” macular degeneration, such as yellowish deposits known as drusen that collect beneath the retina. It also lets our eye doctors observe the abnormal blood vessel growth associated with advanced or “wet” macular degeneration.
If you are diagnosed with macular degeneration, rest assured that our eye doctors can prescribe immediate treatments to slow or stop the onward march of this disease and preserve optimal vision. Dry macular degeneration is best controlled through lifestyle modifications such as smoking cessation and protecting your eyes against UV and blue light. We may also prescribe a nutritional supplementation plans known as AREDS2, which seems to be able to slow or stop the progression from dry macular degeneration to the wet stage.
Even advanced macular degeneration can respond to treatment. Injectable medications such as Lucentis can retard the growth of abnormal blood vessels. If necessary, we can even refer you for laser eye surgery to destroy these blood vessels.