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Helping You Manage Macular Degeneration in Washington, DC

What is Macular Degeneration?

Macular degeneration, often called age-related macular degeneration (AMD), is a common eye condition and a leading cause of vision loss among people aged 50 and older. It involves the deterioration of the macula, the small central area of the retina that controls visual acuity. Macular degeneration can significantly affect the ability to see fine details, whether looking at something close or far away.

The primary types of macular degeneration are:

  • Dry AMD: The more common form, characterized by thinning of the macula.
  • Wet AMD: Less common but more severe, involving the growth of abnormal blood vessels under the retina.

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Understanding The Causes and Risk Factors

While the exact cause of macular degeneration is unknown, it's closely linked to aging. Other factors that increase the risk include:

  • Genetics
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • A diet lacking in fruits and vegetables
  • Prolonged sun exposure

Recognizing The Symptoms

The symptoms of macular degeneration, particularly as the condition progresses, can significantly impact central vision. Key symptoms include:

  • Blurred or reduced central vision
  • Difficulty recognizing faces
  • Straight lines might appear bent or wavy
  • Dark, blurry areas or whiteout
  • Changed or diminished color perception
  • Increased need for brighter light
  • Difficulty adapting to low light

Expert Macular Degeneration Care at Washington Eye Institute

At Washington Eye Institute, we have a dedicated team of eye doctors well-versed in the latest treatments and management strategies for macular degeneration.

We employ advanced diagnostic tools to detect macular degeneration early and accurately. Our approach to managing AMD includes the following:

  • Regular monitoring of the condition
  • Nutritional counseling and lifestyle modifications
  • Medications and supplements to slow disease progression
  • Advanced treatments like anti-VEGF therapy for wet AMD
  • Low vision aids and rehabilitation for advanced cases

If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of macular degeneration, or if you're seeking comprehensive care for this condition, schedule an appointment with us. Together, we can develop a personalized plan to manage your eye health and maintain your quality of life.

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