Macular Degeneration Specialist Shillington, PA
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Macular degeneration (AMD) is a disease that affects the retina. There are two forms of the disease: wet and dry. For treatment, you will need a macular degeneration specialist. Shillington PA residents are fortunate to have great specialists in nearby Wyomissing PA. The highly trained experts at Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania offer the best care for your macular degeneration.
What Is Macular Degeneration?
In people over age 50, macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss. If your central vision is distorted or blurry, come see us. Macular degeneration must be detected early and treated early. If not, your vision can rapidly degrade. Macular degeneration is a progressive disease that affects the retina by destroying the retina’s center, called the macula. This sensitive portion of the retina is responsible for providing clear details so that a person can recognize faces, read and drive.
There are two forms of the disease. Dry AMD is the most common form, with nearly all AMD cases (90 percent) being the dry form. Dry AMD happens when drusen deposits form near the macula and cloud a person’s vision. Our high-resolution imaging is used to detect the drusen formations in order to make a detailed diagnosis of your case.
Wet AMD is a much rarer and advanced form of the disease, characterized by much more severe vision loss. Wet AMD happens when blood vessels leak near the retina and permanently damage the light-sensitive cells in the retina, and the characteristic central “blind spot” occurs.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Our expert team will perform a comprehensive eye exam and vision evaluation which includes a dilated eye exam and visual acuity test, both of which are used to make the diagnosis. Based on test results, the team will determine whether you have wet or dry AMD and will subsequently recommend treatments and strategies to prevent further vision loss as well as preserve your remaining vision. The goal is to intervene before you suffer severe vision loss.
Depending on which form you have, treatment options will vary. Treatments will also be different depending on the severity of your disease. It is important to know that there is no cure for the dry form of AMD, but the team can definitely provide strategies designed to slow the disease’s progression. Wet AMD can be treated, and Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania offers several treatment options: steroids, laser surgery and photodynamic therapy (PDT).
Why Choose Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania?
Our Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania macular degeneration center of excellence is staffed by a team comprised of eye care professionals, ophthalmologists and eye surgeons. The expert team is trained in the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating AMD. The team is also nationally recognized, and our doctors have been trained at some of the world’s finest medical facilities: Scheie Eye Institute, Washington Hospital Center, Duke Eye Center and the Penn Medicine Hospital. At Eye Consultants of PA, we offer state-of-the-art macular degeneration treatment and care in the Wyomissing area, and at several other convenient Pennsylvania locations.
If you have already been diagnosed with macular degeneration, or you suspect you have it based on your symptoms, come in for a consultation. Macular degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss in people over age 50, and we don’t want you to be one of them. Give our macular degeneration specialist near Shillington PA a call. We are close by at the Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania office in Wyomissing and are ready for you to be our next new patient.
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