California Macular Degeneration specialist
Eyes are extremely complex and crucial for many of our everyday tasks, but unfortunately, they can also be susceptible to various diseases and disorders which is why sometimes it’s necessary to consult a California Macular Degeneration specialist. A macular degeneration specialist will be able to check you or your loved one’s eyes to see if they are suffering from any version of macular degeneration. Any noticeable change in vision–no matter how seemingly small–should prompt you to visit a physician. If you are experiencing changes in your vision then you should contact us at Retina Associates of Orange County.
What is Macular Degeneration?
While macular degeneration can take on different forms, essentially this disorder is caused by the central part of the retina undergoing a deterioration that often accelerates as time passes on. The retina’s central part is known as the macula and allows us to focus our central vision. Since this condition usually doesn’t affect a person’s peripheral vision, patients will often only see symptoms of macular degeneration when engaging in activities such as reading or driving. Compounded with the fact that the condition usually starts out only affecting one eye it can be easy to not notice the reduction in vision or underestimate its severity. Unfortunately, this leads to many patients not seeking help until the condition becomes extremely severe.
Types of Macular Degeneration
Macular degeneration can be broken into two main categories:
- Dry: This is the most common and 85% to 90% of patients experience this type. Essentially, there is no leakage of blood or serum.
- Wet: Due to blood or fluid under the macula, patients may often see dark spots in the center of their vision. Although wet macular degeneration is less common, dry macular degeneration can sometimes progress into being wet.
In addition to wet or dry, there are types of macular degeneration that refer to age (either of which can be wet or dry). Although macular degeneration is more common in patients 50 years or older (with a bigger upswing happening in 65+) and is referred to as Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), it can happen in younger patients as well.
While extremely rare and caused by a recessive gene, macular degeneration in younger patients is known as Stargardt’s disease. To seek treatment for any type, you’ll want to enlist the services of a California macular degeneration specialist.
How We Can Help
Our leading team of ophthalmologists is here to help you through macular degeneration or any other eye-related problems. We specialize in diseases such as macular degeneration and will be able to easily diagnose you and administer the necessary treatment that can reduce the effects as well as delay any future progress. Laser photocoagulation, photodynamic therapy (PDT), and anti-VEGF drugs are some of the methods we can employ. Whether you’ve been diagnosed with a form of macular degeneration or believe you may have symptoms or simply want to make sure that everything is fine with your vision, you can contact Retina Associates of Orange County today and schedule an appointment with a California macular degeneration specialist.