Macular Degeneration

Our Optometrist in Lawrence Can Help You Manage Your Macular Degeneration

Over time, your eyesight can change. In fact, some medical conditions of the eyes increase in their likelihood as you age. One of these issues is macular degeneration. Keeping up with regular eye care appointments can help you find out if you have this condition. Partner with our optometrist in Lawrence, KS, Dr. Curtis R. Anderson, for lifelong optometry care that includes both pediatrics and family services.

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About Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration may also go by the name of its most common form, age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This condition is the most common cause of severe vision loss in those over 50. Though there is no way to restore vision loss from AMD, there are ways to slow the rate of vision loss after diagnosis.

Technically, there are two forms of this condition, which are dry and wet, with the former the most common type. Both forms damage a portion of the retina at the back of the eye called the macula. With the dry form, the macula thins. The wet form happens when new blood vessels leak into the macula.

Symptoms of AMD

Those who have AMD developing may not notice any symptoms until damage occurs. Unlike general vision blurriness, AMD causes a loss of central vision. You may have a dark area in the middle of your vision. Straight lines may appear wavy, or colors may not appear clearly.

Risk Factors of Macular Degeneration

While age is the biggest risk factor for developing macular degeneration, you also have a higher chance of this condition if you have any of the following:

  • A family history of AMD
  • High blood pressure
  • Overweight
  • A diet high in saturated fats
  • A history of cigarette smoking

Treatment Options for Macular Degeneration

Unfortunately, macular degeneration has no cure. For those with the wet type, an eye doctor can help the condition with anti-VEGF medications. Those with dry AMD may slow the condition by quitting cigarettes, adopting a healthy diet, exercising, and avoiding UV light.

To help you to see clearly, you may need low-vision aids that enlarge print and images to make them easier to see. Ask for recommendations from your optometrist. 

Choose Our Optometry Clinic to Be Your Optometrist in Lawrence  

You need an optometrist to care for your eyes and those of your family members. Dr. Curtis R. Anderson offers pediatric and family eye care in the Lawrence area. Our services include comprehensive eye tests that can help diagnose macular degeneration. Your eyesight is precious, and we're here to help you preserve it. Call us today at 785-843-8200 to set a time for a visit.