Health experts recommend regular visits to your optometrist to receive needed changes in vision prescription to help you see clearly and to detect the early signs of eye diseases that can develop as you age. Age-related macular degeneration is a progressive eye disease that causes diminished vision in the central field and can lead to blindness. At Urban Optics in College Station, TX, we can provide comprehensive exams that detect the early stages of this disease, so you can receive immediate treatment that can save your vision.
Age-related macular degeneration is an eye disease that occurs with aging that affects the macula, a part of the retina that controls visual acuity. It is a progressive condition that worsens over time if left untreated. Treatment is most effective when caught in the early stages, which is why regular exams by your College Station optometrist are so critical.
Age-related macular degeneration is found in two different forms. The “dry" form of the disease is most common and causes deposits of proteins, called “drusen," which block normal vision. The “wet" form of the disease causes increased growth of blood vessels that can leak fluid and blood into the eyes.
Although there is no current cure for AMD, treatment can help to slow the progress of the disease. The "dry" form of AMD can be treated with nutritional supplements can provide additional support for eye tissues. The "wet" form is treated with medications and with laser surgery to prevent damage from the abnormal blood vessel growth.
A number of factors are associated with the development of macular degeneration. Age is one of the factors, but family history also can increase your risk for developing the condition. Some evidence indicates that individuals who eat large amounts of saturated fat and those who are obese are at greater risk for the disease. Caucasians are at higher risk than other demographic groups. If you smoke cigarettes, you are also increasing your risk for AMD. You can lower your risk for AMD by avoiding smoking, managing your weight and seeing your eye doctor regularly to maintain eye health. A healthy diet that contains nutrients that support eye health is also recommended.
Dr. Greene utilizes his extensive training and knowledge of eye health to provide a variety of eye care services for his patients in College Station, TX and surrounding communities. Whether you need pediatric exams, eyeglasses, contact lenses, pre- or post-LASIK surgery care or management of eye diseases, we offer individualized attention and the highest quality of care. Call Urban Optics today at (979) 401-0800 for an appointment to have your eyes checked for macular degeneration and other eye diseases.