If you are having eyesight issues, you may want to consider consulting a Newport Beach AMD specialist. At Retina Eye Associates of Orange County, we specialize in retinal degenerative diseases, including age-related macular degeneration, also referred to as AMD. If you have been diagnosed with macular degeneration, contact an AMD Specialist in Newport Beach from our group to find out more about treatment options.
What Is AMD?
Age-related macular degeneration can occur to people who are over the age of 50, and usually affects those who are 65 or older. AMD causes a gradual, painless loss of vision, although the degree of vision loss varies by patient.
AMD affects the center of the field of vision, not a person’s peripheral vision. People who are suffering from AMD do not usually notice any changes until they are engaging in activities which require central vision such as reading or driving.
Symptoms of AMD
In the early stages of AMD, a person may notice a decrease in the brightness and intensity of colors as well as warping or distortion of straight lines. As the disease worsens, many people suffer from blurry and dark areas in the center of their vision and a loss of central vision. This loss can be gradual or it can come on suddenly.
There are two types of age-related macular degeneration that a seasoned Newport Beach AMD specialist can treat.
The most common form a patient may have is dry macular degeneration, where the center of the retina is deteriorating. Approximately 95 percent of patients have this type of AMD.
The second type is wet macular degeneration. When a patient is suffering from this type, there are leaky blood vessels growing under the retina. Occasionally, dry macular degeneration will turn into wet macular degeneration.
Risk Factors for AMD
Some of the risk factors for AMD that a Newport Beach AMD specialist will explain to his or her patients are genetics and aging, but hypertension, high cholesterol, and smoking may also contribute to the likelihood of contracting the disease.
Treatments for AMD
Unfortunately, there are few treatment options for AMD. However, as the population continues to age and the number of people who develop AMD increases, there are more studies devoted to finding helpful treatment solutions.
Some of these studies have revealed that anti-oxidants and carotenoids can help slow down the progression of AMD when it reaches an intermediate phase. Incorporating copper, zinc, Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E have garnered positive results.
There have also been positive results for wet macular degeneration using laser photocoagulation or photodynamic therapy (PDT), as well as a new class of drugs (called anti-VEGF).
A Newport Beach AMD specialist from Retina Eye Associates of Orange County can explain all the treatment options that we offer and which ones may be most helpful for your condition.
Contact a Newport Beach AMD Specialist Today
If you are concerned with eyesight issues and would like to meet with an AMD specialist Newport Beach patients recommend, contact Retina Eye Associates of Orange County at 949-706-351 to set up an appointment to discuss your concerns with an experienced Newport Beach AMD specialist.