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Macular Degeneration Treatment and Management in Ocala
At Ritz & Johnson Fashion Eyecare Center we diagnose and provide macular degeneration management, and prescribe low vision aids to help enhance the reduced vision that results from the disease. Also, we manage the referral to a retina specialist for you if it is needed. Learn more about macular degeneration below prior to your appointment with your eye doctor in Ocala.
Types of Macular Degeneration
Macular degeneration (AMD) is a gradual, painless condition that causes you to lose central vision, often in both eyes. The macula is the center part of the retina (nerve tissue in the back of your eyes) that is responsible for our clearest vision. Patients with macular degeneration maintain good peripheral (side) vision, therefore AMD does not cause complete blindness. This eye disease is categorized as dry or wet macular degeneration. Dry AMD leads to a slow deterioration of the center of your retina without any bleeding. Wet AMD is more serious than dry AMD and is associated with leaky blood vessels beneath the retina often causing rapid vision loss (without treatment within days). Dry macular degeneration may progress to wet macular degeneration at any stage of the disease.
Both conditions are incurable, but they can be managed by your eye doctor near Ocala. As your optometrist, we offer macular degeneration management (enhancing vision through low vision devices or glasses, retina scans and close monitoring of the condition), as well as referral to an eye surgeon for advanced treatment. We are connected with a qualified network of eye surgeons who specialize in macular degeneration surgical procedures.
Macular Degeneration Causes
The cause of macular degeneration is unknown, however a number of things may increase the risk of developing it such as: age (usual patients are over 50 years old), family history of macular degeneration, smoking (can increase risk up to 4 times of developing AMD), ethnicity (Caucasians and Chinese descents have highest rates), and Ultraviolet light (UV) exposure. Other lifestyle factors such as a poor diet and a lack of regular exercise can also contribute to developing macular degeneration.
Macular Degeneration Symptoms
Dry AMD patients often have a slow progression of the disease, noticing subtle changes at first such as difficulties while reading even with their glasses, colors are less vibrant, difficulty recognizing people’s faces, etc. The patients who develop wet AMD may experience a rapid loss of central vision associated with dark spots in the central vision, wavy and/or very blurry vision. By getting a regular eye exam you can benefit from early detection of AMD. If you are over 50 you should certainly see an eye doctor for an eye exam to see if you suffer from this eye disease.
Macular Degeneration Treatment in Ocala
The primary method of slowing the progression of macular degeneration is with nutritional supplements. An AREDs (based on the Age-Related Eye Disease study) formula of vitamins can reduce your progression by boosting your intake of certain nutrients. Lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, healthy diet, and starting a regular exercise program may also help slow down your macular degeneration.
Meet Your Ocala Eye Doctor
As your Ocala eye doctors, we are your preferred providers of treatment for eye diseases including macular degeneration. Here at Ritz & Johnson Fashion Eyecare Center Drs. Johnson, Willeford, Menjivar, and Glatter-Gotz have been treating patients with macular degeneration for more than 50 years. During this time we have developed expert methods to better detect and diagnose macular degeneration for improved outcome for our patients. We serve patients in Anthony, Silver Springs, The Villages, Dunellon, and Ocala, FL. Contact our office at 352-732-7900 to schedule your appointment for macular degeneration treatment.