Macular Degeneration FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions About Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is one of the most serious eye health conditions. Our eye doctors at Cape Fear Eye Associates, PA in Fayetteville understand the different types of macular degeneration and can provide diagnosis, treatment, and methods for preserving your vision. Let’s take a look at some of the questions that we run into regarding macular degeneration.

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What Is Macular Degeneration?

Macular degeneration is a condition that impacts the macula, which is part of the eye that allows you to see straight ahead. People with macular degeneration often experience no symptoms of the condition, which is why regular eye exams and vision screenings are so important. There are two types of macular degeneration.

Dry macular degeneration can impact one or both eyes. This disease occurs when the macula thins over time, prompting clumps of protein to develop on the macula. Wet macular degeneration results when the blood vessels behind the macula leak. Like dry macular degeneration, the result may lead to vision loss.

What Causes Macular Degeneration?

The specific cause of macular degeneration is unknown, but there are theories as to how it forms. Our eye doctors may suggest that your macular degeneration is associated with a genetic component or that certain lifestyle components may have a role to play. For example, obesity, heart disease, and smoking may all have a hand in causing this condition.

What Are the Symptoms of Macular Degeneration?

One of the most frightening things about macular degeneration is that it often comes with few symptoms and no discomfort. You may notice some blurry vision or central vision loss, but the impact can be sudden. Often, people do not know they have macular degeneration until they come in for a routine eye exam.

How Is Macular Degeneration Treated?

Early diagnosis of macular degeneration comes with more treatment options. While there is not necessarily a cure for this condition, you can slow its progression. Our eye doctor may recommend supplements or vitamins to slow the progression of the disease. In other cases, the doctor may provide glasses or contacts so that you can still participate in your regular activities. For treatment of wet macular degeneration, medication can stop the blood vessels from growing behind the retina. This can help you maintain your central vision.

Contact Our Eye Doctors in Fayetteville, NC

Our team at Cape Fear Eye Associates, PA will help you identify macular degeneration and determine which treatment options are right for you. Call our team today at (910) 484-2284 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.

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