Vision Conditions

Macular Degeneration

Macular DegenerationAge-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of severe vision loss in adults over age 50. This eye disease occurs when there are changes to the macula, a small portion of the central retina, located at the back of the eye. Some common symptoms of AMD include a gradual loss of ability to see objects clearly, distorted vision, a gradual loss of color vision, and a dark or empty area appearing in the center of vision.

AMD is a loss of central vision that can occur in two forms: “dry” or atrophic, and “wet” or exudative. Most people with macular degeneration have the dry form, for which there is no known treatment. The less common wet form may respond to laser procedures, if diagnosed and treated early.

If you experience any of the symptoms of macular degeneration, contact our office immediately for a comprehensive examination. Central vision that is lost to macular degeneration cannot be restored. However, low vision devices, such as telescopic and microscopic lenses, can be prescribed to maximize remaining vision.