Macular Degeneration FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions About Macular Degeneration With Our Tupelo Optometrist

You may have heard macular degeneration mentioned in ominous tones without understanding just what this eye disease is and how it can damage your vision. If you're concerned about this age-related condition, check out these answers to frequently asked questions about macular degeneration at the office of L.P. Britt, PA.

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What Is Macular Degeneration?

Macular degeneration is a progressive, irreversible form of damage to a specialized area of retinal cells known as the macula. 

What is the Macula?

The macula is the zone of the retina that collects images for processing into central vision. This tissue makes it possible for you to see objects directly in front of you clearly.

Why Is Macular Degeneration Also Called AMD?

AMD stands for age-related macular degeneration. It is named this because macular degeneration usually appears during the 50s and 60s age periods.

What Causes Macular Degeneration?

UV exposure, excess weight, light-colored irises, high blood pressure, poor eating habits, and smoking may all factor into macular degeneration. The condition may also be related to exposure to HEV (high energy visible) light in the blue end of the spectrum.

What Are the Two Kinds of Macular Degeneration?

The two minds of MAD are dry macular degeneration, in which particles called drusen form on the macula, and wet macular degeneration, in which abnormal blood vessels proliferate and leak blood. Dry macular degeneration may cause straight lines to appear wavy, while wet macular degeneration typically creates blank areas in your center of vision.

Is Macular Degeneration Preventable?

You may be able to prevent AMD by watching your weight and blood pressure, giving up smoking, and using UV/HEV blocking lenses may help protect you against the disease. But since AMD can strike even healthy individuals, the most important step in protecting yourself against it is scheduling annual comprehensive eye exams. These exams let our optometrist catch any signs of the disease early enough to recommend sight-saving treatment.

How Can Your Eye Doctor Treat Macular Degeneration?

Our eye will treat your dry macular degeneration by recommending healthy lifestyle changes to keep the disease from reaching the more damaging wet stage. Wet macular degeneration can be treated with injected medications which block the formation of abnormal blood vessels. We at the office of L.P. Britt, PA may also prescribe nutritional supplementation program known as AREDS2, which may keep your wet macular degeneration from advancing further. In severe cases, we may refer you for laser surgery.

Get All the Facts at Our Tupelo Optometry Office

Macular degeneration is just as scary as it sounds, but the more you know, the better you can safeguard your eyes against it. Call our Tupelo clinic at (662) 844-3436!


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