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Macular Degeneration

EYECARE For You in Richboro, PA Offers Management of Macular Degeneration

Health experts agree that maintaining good vision should be part of your overall healthcare. As individuals age, they may be subject to a number of eye conditions that can affect their ability to see clearly and may even cause vision loss. EYECARE For You in Richboro, PA can provide care for macular degeneration and other eye diseases.

What Is Macular Degeneration?

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Macular degeneration is a progressive eye disease that causes vision loss in the central field of vision. It is often called "age-related macular degeneration” (AMD) because it primarily affects people over the age of 60. The condition begins with protein deposits that gradually worsen, blocking out areas in the central line of sight. Treatment can help to slow the progression of the disease. Your Richboro optometrist can provide testing to detect the signs of macular degeneration and can monitor your condition closely to help preserve vision. Individuals who smoke, eat high amounts of saturated fat and who have a family history of AMD are at higher risk for developing the disease.

Types of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

The more common form of AMD is the “dry form," which makes up about 80% of the cases that occur. In this form, protein deposits collect in the macula, a portion of the retina, which progressively obstructs vision. The “wet” form of the disease is more serious, causing the growth of abnormal blood vessels in the macula, which may leak blood and damage vision. Your optometrist can detect AMD during comprehensive eye exams.

Macular Degeneration Treatment

Although there is no specific treatment for the “dry” form of AMD, research indicates that taking supplements that contain lutein, zeaxanthin, copper, zinc, vitamin C and vitamin E can help slow the progress of the disease. The “wet” form of the disease requires special medications and may require laser surgery to control the growth and leakage from abnormal blood vessels in the eyes.

Contact EYECARE For You in Richboro, PA For Your Vision Needs!

Dr. Kathleen Joyce has extensive training in eye care and vision services to ensure her patients in Richboro, PA maintains good vision at all stages of life. We offer vision exams, medical exams, contact lens fitting, LASIK pre- and post-surgery management, orthokeratology, and management of eye diseases. We also offer Newtown optometry services. Contact EYECARE For You today at 215-485-5384 for an appointment to have your eyes tested for macular degeneration and to learn the best ways to protect your vision throughout life.

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