Dry Macular Degeneration Treatment In Albuquerque

Dry macular degeneration is an eye condition that gradually impairs central vision, mostly affecting adults over 60. The thinning of the macula causes it, the part of the retina responsible for your clear-central vision. Symptoms include blurred vision and difficulty reading. Call us to discuss lifestyle changes and medications that can help slow the progression of this disease.

What is Dry Macular Degeneration?

Dry macular degeneration is a prevalent eye condition, primarily affecting those in their older years. It involves the gradual wasting of the macula, a crucial part of the retina that enables clear central vision. Those affected can lose their ability to read, recognize faces, and drive.

Characteristics of Dry Macular Degeneration

Unlike wet macular degeneration, the dry form is marked by thinning and aging of the macular retina. The term “dry” refers to the lack of fluid or blood leakage, unlike the “wet” form of the condition.

Symptoms and Development

This condition progresses slowly, often resulting in mild vision loss, which may intensify over time. Common symptoms include a slight blur in vision, difficulty in recognizing faces, needing more light for reading, haziness in central vision, and challenges in adapting to low light. A notable sign is the presence of drusen, tiny yellowish deposits beneath the retina.

Causes and Risk Factors

The exact cause of dry macular degeneration is not fully understood, but it is linked to both genetic and environmental factors. Risk factors include advanced age, family history, smoking, obesity, hypertension, and a diet high in saturated fats.

Managing and Slowing Progression

While there is no cure, progression can be slowed with lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, maintaining a diet rich in green vegetables and fish, regular exercise, and weight management. AREDS2 supplements can help progression to wet macular degeneration.

Recently, two medications were approved by the FDA for the treatment of advanced dry macular degeneration.  A comprehensive exam and a review of risks and benefits by a retina specialist is important to see if you are good candidate for these treatments.  Contact us for your evaluation.

The Importance of Regular Eye Exams

Early detection through regular eye exams is key to effective management. While the condition can lead to significant vision loss, many people lead relatively normal lives, aided by low-vision aids and adaptive strategies.

Living with Dry Macular Degeneration

It is crucial for those diagnosed or at risk of dry macular degeneration to understand the condition and maintain close communication with their ophthalmologist. Regular monitoring and proactive management of vision changes are essential for preserving quality of life.

At our clinic, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive support and care for patients with dry macular degeneration. We believe in empowering our patients with knowledge and effective management strategies to cope with this condition. Trust us to be your partner in maintaining your vision and eye health. We provide treatment for Dry Macular Degeneration in Albuquerque.