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Macular degeneration causes central vision loss and is a leading cause of blindness in the United States. ┬áIt becomes more common after the age of 55 and the risk increases as you age. Having a family history of macular degeneration increases your risk of developing the disease. There are two main stages of macular degeneration, commonly referred to as “dry” and “wet”. Certain eye vitamins have been shown to reduce the risk of progression of the disease. If you develop wet macular degeneration, injections of medications can be extremely effective in not only stabilizing the vision, but in improving it as well. Anyone over the age of 55 should have a dilated eye exam every 1-2 years. After age 65, exams should be at least yearly.

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DETECTION & TREATMENT

The condition is commonly diagnosed during routine eye exams. However, if you experience a sudden change in your vision or you notice distortion of straight lines, you should notify your eye care provider. Early detection is extremely important because treatments can delay or reduce the severity of the condition. It’s a good idea to have a dilated eye exam every 1-2 years once you reach 55 years old. After 65, it’s recommended that you have a dilated eye exam every year.

While there is currently no cure for AMD, treatments are available that can prevent severe loss of vision and slow the progression of the disease considerably. At Excel Eye Center, we use specific combinations of vitamins that have been shown to dramatically slow the condition’s progress. In the case of “wet” macular degeneration, we employ medications that can stabilize and even, in some cases, improve vision.