Macular degeneration happens when the small central part of the retina called the macula deteriorates. Though it almost never leads to total blindness, macular degeneration is the leading cause of irreversible and severe vision loss in people over age 60.
There are two types, including:
Most anyone can develop macular degeneration, but the following factors increase your risk:
You may not notice any symptoms when macular degeneration first sets in. People usually recognize it when it affects both eyes or worsens.
Symptoms may include:
Macular degeneration can be detected during a comprehensive eye exam. Dr. Levine can see any yellow deposits under your retina, which are a common early sign. He may also have you look at a grid with a checkerboard pattern of lines. If some of the lines look wavy or seem missing to you, this may indicate macular degeneration.
Once the condition is suspected, he may recommend an angiography. During this procedure, dye is injected into a vein in your arm, then images are taken as the dye flows through blood vessels in the retina. The images will show whether any leaking occurs. An OCT test works similarly, but without dye.
Though there is no known cure for macular degeneration, early diagnosis and treatment can help slow it down and prevent severe vision loss. Your treatment may involve:
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