Macular Degeneration

Our Optometrist Provides High-Quality Examinations to Detect Macular Degeneration

Senior woman with Macular Degeneration

Dr. Patricia Fox has been an optometrist in the greater Boston area for almost 30 years. She's helped people from the Hub recover from, manage, and even prevent eye diseases of all kinds, including a commonly seen one known as age-related macular degeneration, or AMD for short. For a comprehensive eye examination to help detect early of macular degeneration, Eyes Over Copley is the place for you!

Macular Degeneration Explained

The center of your retina (thin tissue in the back of each of your eyes containing rod and cone cells) is called the macula; you need this to see clearly in the central line of sight. In some people (an estimated 10 million Americans), this tissue starts to degrade and breakdown over time. There are two key reasons why this may happen:

  • Dry type (atrophic) AMD may occur when the macula becomes overly pigmented and small yellow fatty deposits called drusen form behind the retina, leading to macular scarring
  • Wet type (exudative) AMD may occur when the macula becomes thin and damaged due to an overgrowth of small leaky blood vessels behind the retina

It's not entirely clear why either dry or wet AMD may develop in certain people and not others, but advancing age, genetics, and the environment are all known contributors. You may be more at risk for developing AMD if you smoke, have a history of excessive UV radiation exposure, or have certain other health conditions like diabetes. 

Common Macular Degeneration Symptoms Seen by Your Eye Care Provider in Boston

The most common macular degeneration symptoms seen by your eye care provider in Boston is blurry vision in the center of your visual field. Your side vision (peripheral vision) generally remains intact, however in advanced AMD a person can become legally blind in their central field of view. This makes it hard to do daily tasks like reading or seeing faces.

How our Boston Optometrist Diagnoses & Treats Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration can be diagnosed before symptoms develop. Even if macular degeneration can't be cured nor 100% prevented, early detection can help slow its progression. Our Boston optometrist can diagnose AMD on a comprehensive eye exam, and deliver appropriate and customized treatment to help you maximize your eyesight:

  • Prescription glasses
  • Nutritional supplements and lifestyle recommendations (especially for dry type AMD)
  • Prescription medication to slow blood vessel growth (for wet type AMD)

Do You or a Loved One Have AMD? Contact Our Boston Optometrist For Help!

Contact our Boston optometrist today at 617-859-0630 to schedule your appointment. We have a wide range of services to meet your needs, and it'd be our honor to serve you!