Macular Degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss in patients over 60 years of age. This disease affects the macula area of the retina. The macula gives us our central and most detailed vision, so any damage to this part of your retina can dramatically reduce vision. The majority of patients with macular degeneration have dry macular degeneration but some will progress to wet macular degeneration.
Along with a detailed and comprehensive eye exam, we use Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) -a non-invasive diagnostic instrument used for imaging the macula area. The OCT can help detect progressive changes in both “dry” and “wet” macular degeneration.
Your TMS Eyecare doctor will inform you if they see any signs of macular degeneration and possible preventive steps that may lower your chances for progression. Some of those steps may include.
Taking a vitamin supplement (AREDS II)
Eating a balanced diet that includes leafy green vegetables
Wearing Sunglasses to reduce UV exposure
Macular degeneration can be diagnosed in a routine eye examination, so make sure you get your eyes checked on a regular basis so preventive steps can be started sooner rather than later.