Macular Degeneration Treatment from Your Eye Doctor in Roseville, CA
Close to 1.8 million Americans suffer from age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and it is the leading cause for severe vision loss among the over-50 population. Regular eye exams are essential for both AMD patients and for those with elevated risk factors. Fortunately, patients with age-related macular degeneration can be treated by our optometrists at our optometry practice, Granite Pointe Eye Inc., located in Roseville, CA.
Overview of Age-related Macular Degeneration
Macular degeneration results in a loss of central vision. AMD exists as two types: dry and wet. AMD develops when alterations occur in the macula, a small section in the center of the retina. All patients suffering from wet AMD, once had dry AMD. However, not every dry AMD patients will contract wet AMD.
As the condition progresses, seeing fine details and colors becomes more difficult. Many patients have no idea that there is a problem until AMD has reached an advanced stage. Once central vision is gone, eye doctors cannot restore it. There is no exact cause or way to prevent AMD. In wet AMD, extra blood vessels develop underneath the macula and destroy rods and cones. Individuals with dry AMD are unable to get rid of the eye waste products.
Dry AMD symptoms typically develop gradually. Most common symptoms include:
- Appearance of straight lines as bent
- Reduced central vision
- Needing brighter light for close activities
- Growing difficulty adjusting to a reduced light level in an area
- Increasing print blurriness
- Reduced color intensity or brightness
- Difficulty recognizing faces
Our wet AMD patients typically report these symptoms:
- Perception of straight lines as bent
- Reduced central vision
- Rapid onset or worsening of symptoms
- Lowered color brightness or intensity
- Blind or blurry spot in the central field of vision
- Hazy vision
Optometry Treatment Options at Granite Pointe Eye Inc.
A comprehensive eye exam by one of our Granite Pointe Eye Inc. optometrists can reveal AMD. It is sometimes possible to slow loss of vision with nutritional supplements and dietary changes. With an early wet AMD diagnosis, laser therapy can minimize loss of vision. Injections of medication into the eye and photodynamic therapy are additional options.
Schedule an Exam at Our Roseville, CA Optometry Practice
Our optometrists at our clinic in Roseville, CA stresses that the most important factor in getting an early macular degeneration diagnosis is undergoing regular vision exams. We are a full-service eye and vision care provider. Whether you need a complete eye exam, pre- or post-operative care, or corrective lenses, our doctors can help. Be sure to call Granite Pointe Eye Inc. today at 916-797-6747 to schedule an appointment.