Macular degeneration is one of the leading causes of vision loss in the developed world. Its damage is seen in the retina, but specifically in the macula. The retina is what senses light and sends images to the brain. As for the macula, it is the portion of the retina where most of that image, including the center, comes from.
This condition is also referred to as age-related macular degeneration because of its strong association with aging. It comes in two types: dry and wet. Even though both types are destructive, it is the wet type that causes rapid vision loss AND is treatable. The dry type is also important to note because it can be slowed down by taking measures such as modified dietary intake or specific vitamin supplements.
In the wet type of macular degeneration, early detection is the key for good prognosis and preserved vision. This is where it becomes essential to be seen regularly by a retina specialist with retinal imaging to detect minor early changes. Screening at home is also essential using a simple yet effective tool called the amsler grid.
In Generations Retina, we house the latest technology enabling us to detect early changes in macular degeneration and detection of both dry and wet types. We also are equipped to treat this condition appropriately and promptly. Please call and schedule your appointment today!