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(719) 559-2020

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(719) 471-4000

Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration in Colorado Springs, CO

Age-related macular degeneration, also known as AMD, is one of the most common eye conditions affecting people over the age of 60. The macula, the part of the eye which senses light, breaks down as you age, resulting in macular degeneration. Regular visits to our eye doctors at Vision Institute in Colorado Springs, CO can help catch macular degeneration in its early stages.

Types of Macular Degeneration

There are two types of macular degeneration:

  • Dry macular degeneration, which is caused by the macula breaking down and thinning with age
  • Wet macular degeneration, which is caused by blood vessels leaking into the macula

Risk Factors for Macular Degeneration

You are at greater risk of developing macular degeneration if you:

  • Smoke
  • Are a woman
  • Are overweight
  • Are far-sighted
  • Have light-colored eyes
  • Have uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • Are exposed to sunlight for long periods without eye protection
  • Have a family history of macular degeneration

Signs and Symptoms of Macular Degeneration

When you are developing AMD, you may notice:

  • Blurred vision
  • Straight lines appearing wavy
  • Objects appearing smaller than they are
  • A gray, dark area in the center of your vision
  • Colors appear paler than they are

Diagnosis of Macular Degeneration

AMD is typically diagnosed during an eye exam and vision test. Your eye doctor may see tiny deposits on the surface of the retina, and the macula may show color changes.

Treatment of Macular Degeneration

When you have a diagnosis of AMD, your eye doctor may recommend these treatments for dry AMD:

  • Nutritional therapy including a diet high in antioxidants to support macular health
  • Nutritional supplementation to boost vitamin and mineral content to support pigment and cell structure in your eyes

For wet AMD, your eye doctor may recommend:

  • Photodynamic therapy (PDT) in combination with medication to help guide the laser to the affected area

Schedule an Eye Exam With Us Today

To discover more about the causes, signs, symptoms, and treatment of macular degeneration, call the eye doctors at Vision Institute with two locations in Colorado Springs, CO. You can reach the University Village location by calling (719) 559-2020, or in the Central Fontanero location by calling (719) 471-4000, so call today.

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