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Understanding Macular Degeneration and Its Treatment Options
Apr 27, 2023
Macular degeneration is a common eye condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It is the leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 65. Macular degeneration occurs when the macula, a small area in the center of the retina, becomes damaged or deteriorates. This can lead to blurred vision, difficulty reading, driving and even recognizing faces.
Fortunately, there are treatment options available for macular degeneration. The Eye Center PA is a leading provider of eye care services with expertise in treating macular degeneration and other eye conditions. They offer a variety of treatments that can help slow down or even stop progression of the condition.
The first line of defense against macular degeneration is lifestyle changes. Eating a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables, exercising regularly, and quitting smoking are all important steps to take to reduce your risk for developing macular degeneration or slowing its progression if you already have it.
If lifestyle changes aren’t enough to prevent or slow down macular degeneration, The Eye Center PA offers several treatments to help improve vision and reduce symptoms associated with this condition.
One such treatment is anti-VEGF therapy, which involves injecting medications into the eye that block vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) from forming new blood vessels in the retina that can damage vision if left untreated. Anti-VEGF therapy has been shown to be effective in slowing down progression of macular degeneration in some patients.
Another treatment option is laser photocoagulation therapy. This involves using laser energy to seal off leaking blood vessels under the retina that can cause vision loss due to macular degeneration. Laser photocoagulation therapy has been shown to be effective in reducing symptoms associated with this condition and improving vision in some patients as well as slowing down its progression for others.
Finally, The Eye Center PA also offers nutritional supplements as part of their comprehensive approach to treating macular degeneration. These supplements contain antioxidants such as lutein and zeaxanthin which have been shown to help protect against damage caused by free radicals which can contribute to development and progression of this condition as well as other age-related eye diseases like cataracts and glaucoma.
No matter what stage you’re at with your macular degeneration diagnosis, The Eye Center PA has treatment options available that can help slow down its progression or even improve your vision if caught early enough. With their expertise in treating this condition combined with lifestyle modifications such as eating right, exercising regularly, and quitting smoking you can be sure you’re taking all necessary steps towards protecting your eyesight for years to come!
The Eye Center is the leading refractive practice in South Carolina, providing full-service eye care and specializing in Refractive Surgery – Lasik, AST, PRK, PRELEX, as well as Corneal Transplant and Cataract Surgery.