Macular degeneration is a condition that affects the macula, which is an area at the center of the retina. The macula is responsible for central vision, which is used for activities like reading and driving. Macular degeneration can cause vision loss in the form of blurriness, darkness, or a blank patch in the center of your field of vision. While there is no cure for macular degeneration, treatments are available to help reduce the progression of macular degeneration. At Iconic Eyecare, Dr. Modi detects and treats macular degeneration for our patients in South Surrey, Morgan Heights, Grandview Heights, Sunnyside, and White Rock.
Understanding Macular Degeneration
Macular degeneration is also referred to as age-related macular degeneration, or AMD because it is a condition that typically affects older adults. It causes the macula to deteriorate over time. There are two types of macular degeneration:
Dry Macular Degeneration - Dry macular degeneration occurs when the light-sensitive cells in the retina gradually break down, resulting in a loss of central vision. Although dry macular degeneration doesn't lead to blindness, it can make activities like reading, driving, and recognizing faces difficult.
Wet Macular Degeneration - Wet macular degeneration is a more serious type of this condition. It happens when something leaks from the blood vessels in the back of the eye and damages the macula. This can lead to vision loss.
Symptoms of Macular Degeneration
It is important to understand that there are virtually no symptoms in the early stages of AMD. For this reason, it is important to get routine eye exams. Some of the noticeable symptoms include:
- A visual distortion (straight lines appear wavelike)
- Blurry vision when reading fine print
- A noticed reduction of central vision
Individuals with a family history of the disease or who have pre-existing health conditions may be more susceptible to AMD. However, there isn't a pinpointed cause of this condition.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Routine eye exams can diagnose AMD by looking at the internal structures of your eyes. Early intervention is key. Macular degeneration can be treated with medication, laser therapy, and vision aids. Our eye doctor will assess your vision and suggest the best treatment plan moving forward.
Contact Our Eye Doctor at Iconic Eyecare
At Iconic Eyecare, Dr. Modi and our team provide quality eye care for residents in and around South Surrey, Morgan Heights, Grandview Heights, Sunnyside, and White Rock. If you have concerns about macular degeneration or it has been a while since your last eye exam, contact Iconic Eyecare. Call our team today at (604) 385-6396 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.