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Macular Degeneration services offered in Tampa, FL

Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness among adults over the age of 65. This condition is also known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) or advanced macular degeneration. Though there’s no cure, early intervention and treatment can reduce the risk of vision loss. At Network Eye, retina and macular disease specialists David Eichenbaum, MD, Priya Vakharia, MD, and the team regularly diagnose and treat age-related macular degeneration. To make an appointment for macular degeneration treatment at the practice in Tampa, Florida, call the office today, or schedule online.

Macular Degeneration Q & A

What is age-related macular degeneration (AMD)?

Macular degeneration is a condition in which the center of your retina, called the macula, wears down due to the natural aging process. 

Macular degeneration doesn’t always cause blindness, but it can lead to potentially serious vision problems. If at any point you notice changes in your vision, contact the team at Network Eye.

What are the types of macular degeneration?

There are two types of age-related macular degeneration:

Wet form

Wet macular degeneration occurs when blood vessels grow beneath your macula. Over time, these blood vessels leak blood and other fluids, resulting in distorted vision. About 10% of people with macular degeneration have the wet form.

Dry form

Dry macular degeneration causes yellow deposits, called drusen, to form inside your macula. As more and more drusen collects, it distorts and dims your vision. Most people with macular degeneration experience the dry form.

What are the symptoms of macular degeneration?

Common symptoms of macular degeneration include blurry or cloudy vision, dark areas in the center of your vision, and different color perceptions. If you experience any of these issues, book an appointment at Network Eye.

How do doctors diagnose macular degeneration?

A routine eye screening is the easiest way to diagnose macular degeneration. During the screening, your Network Eye provider uses special lenses to view your retina. 

Your provider might also have you look at an Amsler grid, a pattern that looks similar to a checkerboard. If some of the lines appear wavy to you, or you notice that some of the lines are missing, it may indicate macular degeneration. 

How is macular degeneration treated?

There’s no cure for macular degeneration, but there are treatment methods that may slow its progression. The team at Network Eye might recommend:

  • Anti-angiogenesis drugs (medicines that block the creation of blood vessels) 
  • Laser therapy to destroy abnormal blood vessels
  • Photodynamic laser therapy
  • Low vision aids (like special lenses or viewing screens)
  • Submacular surgery (a procedure that removes abnormal blood vessels)

Following a comprehensive eye exam and a discussion of your symptoms, the team at Network Eye can develop a custom care plan.

To learn more about the treatment options for macular degeneration, make an appointment at Network Eye by calling the office today or clicking the online booking feature.

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