Macular Degeneration Treatment in Reading, PA
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Macular degeneration is a disease of the retina that results in a loss of central vision. When you need macular degeneration treatment in Reading, PA, trust your eyes to the highly trained experts at Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania.
A loss of central vision often manifests itself when your vision becomes distorted or blurred. As a result, it may be hard to discern their facial features if you look at another person. Annual eye exams are essential, as are early detection and treatment. Without these early interventions, macular degeneration destroys the retina’s center, called the macula. This area of the eye ensures proper central vision, which translates to effectively performing tasks like driving, reading, and recognizing faces.
Of the two forms of macular degeneration, dry AMD is by far the most common, with nearly 90 percent of all cases being the dry form. Dry AMD is caused by drusen deposits that form around the macula and eventually cloud vision. We use high-resolution imaging to see the drusen formations to diagnose dry AMD.
The wet form of AMD is much rarer. It is an advanced form of macular degeneration that has a rapid onset. It is caused by blood vessel leakage in the retina. Unfortunately, the leaks permanently damage the light-sensitive retina cells; this is what causes the characteristic central “blind spot” associated with AMD. When people have this form of the disease, they typically experience much more severe vision loss.
Why Choose Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania?
Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania has a macular degeneration center of excellence staffed by our expert team of specialized ophthalmologists, ophthalmic surgeons, and eye care professionals. Our team is trained in a variety of surgical techniques. In addition, we have a nationally recognized team trained at renowned medical facilities, including the Scheie Eye Institute and Duke Eye Center. As a result, we offer state-of-the-art macular degeneration treatment in the Reading area and our other locations in Pennsylvania.
Diagnosis and Treatment
You will have a comprehensive eye exam on your first visit. To diagnose AMD, we need to perform a dilated eye exam and a visual acuity test. Then, based on the results, we will recommend treatments and management options for preserving your vision and preventing further vision loss.
Treatment options vary depending on whether you have either dry or wet AMD and will also be selected based on the severity of your AMD. We may prescribe vitamin and mineral supplements to help slow the disease’s progression. We also offer several treatments, such as steroid treatment, laser surgery, anti-VEGF therapy, and photodynamic therapy (PDT). We can discuss these treatments during your appointment.
If you have been diagnosed with either form of macular degeneration, or even if you suspect you have it based on your symptoms, come see our team of specialists today. Macular degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss in people over 60. Early detection is key, so call us today for macular degeneration treatment in Reading, PA.
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