Macular Degeneration Checkup
Macular degeneration (or age related macular degeneration) is a form of retinal degeneration which typically affects the older population (greater than 60 years old). The disease is currently the most prevalent cause of blindness in the world.
Risks of developing the disease may include age, genetics, smoking, diet and diabetes, although many people aren’t aware they have the macular degeneration. It’s important to have regular eye examinations and seek specialist advice at the first signs of the disease.
There are two types of macular degeneration (AMD):
This is a slower, more progressive type of macular degeneration in which the layers of the macula slowly wear down. There is no direct treatment for dry macular degeneration, however in this case, taking antioxidant supplements in conjunction with good diet and exercise can prolong good health of the macula, slow progression and maintain vision.
This is usually a sequel to dry AMD, where the fluid or blood interferes with the layers of the macula. Wet AMD can cause sudden drops in vision usually requiring intravitreal injections to help reabsorb the fluid and recover vision. This is a very effective and successful treatment of AMD, although many treatments may be required.
Hope Island Optical optometrists are specialised in diagnosing, treating and monitoring the progression of macular degeneration.