Macular Degeneration Treatment to Preserve Your Vision
Receiving regular screenings and an accurate diagnosis from the doctors at Broberg Eye Care are the first important steps in the macular degeneration treatment process. We recommend that patients attend routine appointments so that Dr. Peter Broberg, Dr. Halsey Settle, Dr. William McGlathery, and Dr. Ximena de Sabra can detect this condition as early as possible. Deteriorating eyesight can seriously affect your quality of life and ability to engage in daily activities like working, reading, watching television, or catching up with friends and family. While macular degeneration cannot be completely reversed, this disease may be managed so that you can maintain the clarity of your vision. Contact us to learn more about macular degeneration treatment and schedule a consultation at our Austin, TX office.
What Is Macular Degeneration?
Age-related macular degeneration is one of the most common causes of vision loss for patients over the age of 50. The macula is located in the middle of the retina, which communicates with your optic nerve. Macular tissues are responsible for the central, sharpest part of your vision, so if they weaken, this can seriously compromise your eyesight.
Patients may have dry macular degeneration, which means it results from degradation of the macular tissues themselves, or wet macular degeneration, in which abnormal blood vessels grow on the macular tissue and leak, damaging the retina and interfering with your vision. Dry macular degeneration is more common, accounting for nine out of every ten cases. It typically advances slowly and gradually. Wet macular degeneration is more pronounced and often occurs suddenly.
Detecting Macular Degeneration
While it is important for everyone to attend regular eye care appointments, patients over the age of 50 are more likely to develop macular degeneration. Routine screenings allow our doctors to catch macular degeneration before it becomes a more serious issue and provides us with a baseline for your ocular health so we can more easily notice any future changes. Of course, if you experience any sudden changes in your eyesight, you should contact our office immediately.
In addition to general tests like visual acuity exercises and dilation exams, we use a sophisticated technique called optical coherence tomography, or “OCT,” to scan for irregularities in your retinal tissue. To perform an OCT, your ophthalmologist will pass a specific wavelength of light through your eye to create a detailed map. We can then use this image to look for any potential indicators of macular degeneration, such as liquid in the macula or an irregular shape.
Should you require macular degeneration treatment, we will refer you to a respected local retinal specialist, who will assess your macular tissue in greater detail and perform advanced procedures to improve your condition. He or she may recommend lifestyle changes such as improving your diet, taking new vitamins, or changing your glasses or contacts prescription. The retinal specialist can also use techniques such as intravitreal injections to improve your retinal health and slow the progress of macular degeneration.
Maintain Your Ocular Health
Contact our office today to learn more about macular degeneration or schedule an appointment.