Macular Degeneration Treatment In Shillington, PA
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Macular degeneration is also known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD). It is a disease that affects the retina and there are both wet and dry forms of AMD. If you have or suspect you have AMD, you will need macular degeneration treatment. In Shillington PA, residents are fortunate to have the highly trained experts at Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania close by in Wyomissing PA.
What Is Macular Degeneration?
In people over age 60, 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 protein deposits form near the macula and cloud a person’s vision. Our high-resolution imaging is used to detect the drusen in order to make a detailed diagnosis.
Wet AMD is very rare. It is an advanced form of the disease involving more severe vision loss. Wet AMD is caused by blood vessel leakage near the retina. This leakage permanently damages the retina’s light-sensitive cells, creating AMD’s characteristic central “blind spot”.
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 Us?
We offer state-of-the-art macular degeneration treatment with our highly trained ophthalmologists. Our macular degeneration center of excellence is staffed by a team comprised of eye care professionals, ophthalmologists and eye surgeons trained in the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating AMD.
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 treatment for Shillington PA is close by at the Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania office in Wyomissing. Give our macular degeneration specialists a call. We are and are ready for you to be our next new patient.
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