Macular Degeneration Specialist

Center for Advanced Eye Care

Ophthalmologist Surgeons located in Vero Beach, FL

If you’re over 65, you’re at risk of getting macular degeneration, which can lead to complete vision loss. At Center for Advanced Eye Care in Vero Beach, Florida, the team monitors the condition as it progresses and offers treatment for advanced cases with abnormal blood vessel growth in the eye. To schedule an eye exam with or without symptoms of macular degeneration, call the office or book your visit online today.

Macular Degeneration Q&A

What is macular degeneration?

Macular degeneration, also called age-related macular degeneration or AMD, is a top cause of vision loss. The central part of your retina, responsible for crisp and detailed vision, is called the macula. Macular degeneration happens when the macula loses function. 

Center for Advanced Eye Care treats the two main types of macular degeneration:

Dry AMD

Dry macular degeneration is more common, but it isn’t as severe as the wet variety. It causes tiny, white deposits called drusen to appear on the macula as the tissues thin with age. 

Wet AMD

Wet macular degeneration is not as common but is more likely to lead to blindness. New blood vessels develop on the macula and can leak blood and fluid, which can permanently damage your vision.

What are the symptoms of macular degeneration?

Macular degeneration symptoms get worse with time as the disease progresses. At first, you might not notice any changes at all. A comprehensive eye exam at Center for Advanced Eye Care can still detect changes in your eye in these stages, even if you don’t report any symptoms.

Soon, your vision may noticeably decline. You might struggle to see color or fine details. Further, you might see shadowy areas in the center of your vision. As the disease progresses toward wet AMD, straight lines may appear wavy or otherwise distorted. 

Since symptoms show up gradually, it’s important to keep up with your regular eye exams and vision tests at Center for Advanced Eye Care. 

How is macular degeneration treated?

While macular degeneration doesn’t have a cure, improving your lifestyle by making healthy choices and nutritional decisions improves your chances of preserving your vision significantly. Improving your diet and monitoring the condition are your only options with dry AMD. 

The team at Center for Advanced Eye Care monitors your disease progression over time to decide if and when you need further treatment. They offer intraocular injections like Avastin®, Lucentis®, and Eylea® to slow the growth of abnormal blood vessels in your eye if you have wet AMD. These products can be highly effective if you get them monthly. 

Photodynamic therapy, another treatment option for wet AMD, also slows or controls blood vessel growth. Especially alongside nutritional supplements and a mineral-rich diet, your chances of retaining your vision greatly improve. 

To find out if or when you need treatment for macular degeneration, call Center for Advanced Eye Care or book an appointment online today.