What Is Macular Degeneration?
Macular degeneration is a disease that affects the retina at the back of the eye. The macula is a small part at the center of the retina that is critical to seeing clearly. Problems in this part of the eye often develop with aging. In fact, age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in individuals over 50. Some types of treatment are available for macular degeneration, which comes in two forms, the wet form, and the dry form.
The Dry Form of Macular Degeneration
About 80 percent of cases of age-related macular degeneration are the dry form of the disease. AMD occurs when parts of the macular become thinner and when small clumps of a protein called “drusa” begin to form. The individual will gradually lose their central field of vision. Currently, there is no treatment for dry form macular degeneration, but certain supplements appear to slow the progress of the vision loss.
The Wet Form of Macular Degeneration
The wet form is the more serious form of the disease, with the abnormal growth of blood vessels under the retina. These blood vessels can leak, causing scarring on the macula. Vision loss is more rapid with the wet form of macular degeneration. Certain medications are used to manage the wet form of AMD, and laser therapy is used to treat the blood vessels.
Let Franklin Family Eye Care Be Your Optometrist in Somerset
Dr. Ngong-Tawe and the friendly staff at Franklin Family Eye Care take great pride in providing quality service for clients in the Somerset, Franklin Township, Bound Brook, and Hillsborough. We offer a range of vision care services, including eye exams, eyeglass fitting, contact lens fitting, hard-to-fit lenses, computer vision, sports eyewear, sunglasses, pediatric eye care, LASIK consultation and dry eye syndrome treatment. We also provide diagnosis and eye disease treatment of a number of common conditions, such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy.
Call Franklin Family Eye Care today at 732-410-6752 for an appointment with a Somerset optometrist to get checked for macular degeneration and other eye diseases. We look forward to seeing you!