Understanding Macular Degeneration
At Eyes Over Copley, our optometrist sees many patients dealing with various eye diseases and disorders. One of the more common eye conditions we screen for is macular degeneration. We serve Cambridge, Charlestown, Brookline, and the Greater Boston area to offer patients management and prevention of macular degeneration. Our optometrist provides comprehensive eye care services, helping you maintain optimal vision.
What Is Macular Degeneration?
Macular degeneration refers to the breakdown of the macula, a piece of tissue at the center of your retina. The macula allows you to see things straight ahead. If you experience macular degeneration, you may lose sight in the middle of your vision. There are two main types of macular degeneration. Dry degeneration occurs when the macula experiences hyperpigmentation. Wet degeneration occurs when the macula thins out and becomes damaged.
Causes of Macular Degeneration
Macular degeneration is more common with age, and there may be a genetic link for some people. A person's environment is also a contributor. For example, you may be at higher risk for macular degeneration if you smoke or have frequent exposure to UV radiation. People with specific health conditions, like diabetes, are also at higher risk. The same applies to people with high blood pressure. Anything that restricts the flow of oxygen to the eyes can lead to symptoms.
Signs of Macular Degeneration
You should see our optometrist if you experience any signs of macular degeneration. These signs include:
- Sudden changes in vision
- Dark, blurry spots at the center of your vision
- Changes in the way you see color
Remember that not everyone can easily notice the signs of this condition. That's why it is essential to see our optometry professional for regular eye exams to track changes in vision and eye health.
Preventing Macular Degeneration
Our eye doctor recommends the prevention of macular degeneration by the following means:
- Wear sunglasses to prevent UV damage
- Proper nutrition, including orange vegetables and leafy greens – foods that are rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin K, beta-carotene
- Lifestyle recommendations, such as reducing high blood pressure and quitting smoking
While there is no cure for macular degeneration, the steps you take now could help prevent vision loss. Without treatment, you run the risk of experiencing partial or complete vision loss.
Contact Us for Eye Care from Our Optometrists in Boston
Our eye doctor knows the importance of taking a proactive approach when it comes to your eyes. If you're overdue for an eye exam, it's time to make an appointment with us at Eyes Over Copley as soon as possible. If you believe you may be experiencing macular degeneration, we can provide the testing you need for proper management. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.