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When you think of everyday eyesight, you probably imagine being able to see faces, text, computer/TV screens in front of you clearly. But this most critical of all visual fields can be taken away from you by a progressive age-related eye disease called macular degeneration. This condition causes permanent damage, so catching it and controlling it at an early stage is important. Fortunately, you and your loved ones can rely on Franklin Family Eyecare for skilled macular degeneration treatment in Somerset, Hillsborough and Bound Brook NJ.
The macula is the portion of the retina that receives data related to your center of vision. If the macula sustains damage, the images you see in your center of vision may appear "wavy" -- and eventually they may not appear at all, leaving only empty areas where images should be. While macular degeneration rarely causes total blindness in the clinical sense, it can render you effectively unable to your use your eyesight.
Macular degeneration can start developing when you're in your 50s, becoming more apparent after age 60. There are two principal stages of macular degeneration:
As with any eye condition that causes irreversible damage, you might not notice any changes in your vision until damage has already been done -- making early detection a must. Annual eye exams from our Somerset optometrist, Dr. Ngong-Tawe, allow us to notice drusen and other early indicators of macular degeneration. Our eye doctor can also use a form of vision testing called an Amsler grid to determine whether your ability to see straight lines has become affected. Examination of the retina can also spot abnormal blood vessels and bleeding associated with advanced macular degeneration.
If you have dry macular degeneration, our eye doctor will watch the condition closely, recommending smoking cessation, weight loss, hypertension management and other lifestyle changes that can minimize its advance. If you have wet macular degeneration, a nutritional treatment routine called AREDS2 can help control it, while injectable drugs can help block the creation of additional abnormal blood vessels.
Our optometrist in Somerset can help save your eyesight, but only if you take the first step. Call 732-412-7328 to schedule a comprehensive eye exam and/or macular degeneration treatment in Somerset! We look forward to meeting with you!