Macular Defeneration Treatment in Wichita, KS
At the very back of your eye is an area called the retina. Age-related macular degeneration, also known as AMD, happens when a part of the retina known as the macula gets damaged. Since the macula controls your central vision, this disease damages your ability to see what's directly in front of you. Your peripheral vision will still be normal, but it will be difficult to see the details of an object straight ahead, no matter how close or far away.
At Wichita Optometry many of our macular degeneration patients are surprised at their diagnosis, as the disease can begin and develop without any noticeable symptoms. As the leading cause of vision loss for those over 50, AMD is a common diagnosis for many of our patients.
Treatment for AMD
There are two types of macular degeneration. Dry AMD is present in about 80 percent of the patients, and there is no true treatment for this form of the disease. In the rarer form, wet AMD, there are medications that reduce the number of problem blood vessels in the retina, which are a result of the disease. Some wet AMD patients can also benefit from specialized laser surgical treatments.
Living with Low Vision
For most patients, the result of age-related macular degeneration is a life with uncorrected vision. Treatment consists of lifestyle changes and learned talents meant to make life easier and more normal with less than optimal vision. Some common tools to use are:
- Phones with larger buttons
- Clocks with large numbers
- Magnifying eyeglasses
- Computer programs to read aloud the words on the screen
You can make changes around your house to make life easier with low vision. Begin by increasing the amount of light you have in each room. Replace bulbs with those of higher wattage, and leave curtains open on sunny days. Adjust these lights so they don't produce glare, and wear sunglasses outdoors to prevent glare from affecting your eyesight. Adding contrast to your home will make it easier to see things. For instance, use white plates on a black tablecloth, or paint your desk black to contrast with white papers.
Make an Appointment with Our Wichita Optometrists
All macular degeneration treatment begins with a comprehensive eye examination. If you haven't had your eyes examined for at least a year, it's time to come into our office. Call us at (316) 942-7496 to schedule an appointment today.