Macular degeneration is the most common reason for vision loss in those who are 60 and older. It becomes a factor beginning at age 40, however. And because of that, we at The Retina Group of Washington proudly offer advanced diagnostic testing, which you can have done on its own, or as part of your yearly visit for a comprehensive eye exam.
There is no cure for macular degeneration, but with treatment and management, its progression can be slowed. Most of those who have this eye disease are able to live normal and productive lives despite the effects of it. Among the symptoms of macular degeneration is the presence of yellowish deposits under your retina, which is located at the back of your eyes. These deposits are called drusen, and they can be detected as part of a standard eye exam by our retina specialist in Silver Spring. Other diagnostic tests that may be used include an Amsler gird, an angiography, optical coherence tomography, or OCT, and microperimetry. The point of these tests is to form a definitive conclusion, not only of the fact that you have macular degeneration, but also to estimate how far the disease has progressed. There are no symptoms at all in the early stages, so it can form and develop without you being aware at all. Early detection is possible when you come to our retina specialist in Silver Spring for an annual exam. The most common outward indication of macular degeneration is the loss of central vision, beginning with blind spots, and eventually leaving you with only vision at the sides. Treatment includes lifestyle changes and vitamin supplements. For advanced cases, there is a surgical procedure for which some may be good candidates.
Consult our retina specialist in Silver Spring for a macular degeneration screening if you are at least 40 years old. Contact us right now to arrange one.