Macular degeneration is a condition that affects the center of the visual field. Eye care specialists Joseph Kamerling, MD and Paul Speesler, OD with South Jersey Vision Center in Barrington, New Jersey screen patients for this progressive disease and look for risk factors. Early treatment and lifestyle changes like quitting smoking can slow it down, allowing the patient to extend their vision's quality. The staff also provides education about the disease to help prevent it for patients at risk.
Sometimes called age-related macular degeneration, this is a condition that blurs or eliminates your ability to see things in the center of vision. Macular degeneration refers to damage to the macula, a segment of the retina that controls the direct line of sight, so anything in the center of the field of vision.
Imagine having something blocking what you want to see right in the middle. No matter how you move, that blockage is there. That’s how this disease affects patients.
There are two kinds of macular degeneration: dry and wet.
Early detection is vital in both types of macular degeneration. With the wet format, though, catching the disease in the early stages offers the best chance of recovering some of that central vision. With the dry type, early detect simply slows the progression.
The exact cause of both dry and wet macular degeneration is unknown. There are, however; risk factors to consider for both such as:
Dry macular degeneration typically affects white people more than any other race, as well. Most of the risk factors are preventable, too, which is why patient education is so important. The staff at South Jersey Vision Center recommend that patients:
Left untreated, both kinds of macular degeneration can leave the patient with little to no central vision.
The eye specialists at South Jersey Vision Center will examine the back of your eye, the retina, through a dialated exam. The doctors may also test for defects in the patient's central vision.
If macular degeneration is suspected, they may order more advanced tests.
If you’re worried about macular degeneration, don’t take any chances: call or click today to schedule your appointment at South Jersey Vision Center.