Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration Treatment

Macular Degeneration occurs when a central part, also known as the macula, of the retina begins to deteriorate. This is the part of the eye that is inside the back and records what we see and sends that record from the optic nerve of the eye to the brain. Typically, this part of the eye is used for focusing, facial recognition, driving and reading. This is the leading cause of loss of vision for Americans. It affects more people than both cataracts and glaucoma together. If you believe you are exhibiting signs of macular degeneration or any other eye problem and you are in the Cincinnati, OH area, contact Dr. VanDerPloeg in Cincinnati today.


What Are The Stages of Macular Degeneration?

There are three main stages of macular degeneration. In the early stage, many do not experience any vision loss. However, regular eye exams can pick up on some signs that the macula is beginning to degenerate. Your eye doctor may begin to see yellow deposits beneath the retina. In the middle stage of macular degeneration, some vision loss may be noticeable. You may begin to have blurry or wavy vision. If these symptoms present themselves, you may need a more complete eye exam with test specifically to look for changes in the retina. In the late stage of macular degeneration, vision loss is noticeable and central vision may be completely lost. As a result, those in this stage may be considered legally blind. Typically, you can retain your peripheral vision.

What Treatments Are Used?

Right now, there is no way to cure macular degeneration. However, there are some ways to reduce the risk you have and potentially slow the progression of the disease. If you are a smoker, you should stop smoking and change your diet, if possible. Making these changes may help you slow down how quickly the disease progresses. You should also protect your eyes from all ultraviolet light. 

Choose Dr. VanDerPloeg & Associates

Dr. VanDerPloeg & Associates is committed to providing the best personalized optometry care to every single one of our patients. We are proud to serve the communities of Amelia, Batavia, Cincinnati, Milford, Mt. Orab, Newtown, Williamsburg and the surrounding areas. We are professionals focused on understanding how the eye works, along with all diseases and conditions that impact the eye. If you are concerned about potential degeneration of your eye, you can feel secure in trusting your eyes to our care. Contact us today to see how we can work with you and find a time that fits into your busy schedule.

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