Macular degeneration is a common eye condition that affects many people as they age. It is one of the leading causes of vision loss. It results in blurry or obstructed vision in the central vision from thinning of the macula. At Lickteig Family Eye Care, we provide treatment and eye care for macular degeneration. If you live in the Boston, Medford, Natick, or Dedham areas, Lickteig Family Eye Care is here to help. Learn more about macular degeneration below.
Symptoms of Macular Degeneration
The symptoms of macular degeneration develop gradually. It's essential to get a regular eye exam to detect and address macular degeneration early on before symptoms worsen. Common symptoms include:
- Distorted vision like straight lines appearing bent
- Compromised central vision in one or both eyes
- The blurriness of printed words or signs
- Difficulty driving at night or seeing in dimly lit rooms
Macular degeneration affects one or both of the eyes and has two types; dry and wet. Dry macular degeneration is more common but progresses slowly. Wet macular degeneration is characterized by sudden changes in vision, causing severe vision loss.
Risk Factors for Macular Degeneration
Any person can be at risk for macular degeneration. However, age is the most significant risk factor for macular degeneration as it is more likely to occur in adults over the age of 55. Other risk factors include:
- Genetic history of macular degeneration
- Being Caucasian
- Eating an unhealthy diet that is high in fat
- Obesity and high blood pressure
- Cardiovascular problems
- Glare sensitivity
Overexposure to sunlight is also a common cause. Wear protective sunglasses to block UV rays on sunny days. Routine eye exams and living a healthy lifestyle are significant preventative measures for macular degeneration.
Treatment for Macular Degeneration
There is no known cure for macular degeneration, but several treatment options could slow the progression and improve your eye health. Treatment interventions include nutritional supplements, medications, or laser procedures. We will work with you to provide the necessary testing and treatment to protect your vision and eye health. If you notice any changes in your eyesight, schedule an appointment at our office as soon as possible.
Contact Lickteig Family Eye Care for Macular Degeneration Care
Our optometry team at Lickteig Family Eye Care provides treatment for various eye-related issues, including macular degeneration. We provide care for patients at our Boston, Medford, Natick, and Dedham locations. To learn more about how our optometrists can help you, contact our office to book your next eye exam today.