Macular Degeneration Treatment in Lebanon, MO
As troubling as it is to lose any part of your vision, you might assume that the problem was bearable if only your peripheral vision was affected. But what if you are losing your ability to see the things you actually want to focus on? This is the terrible threat of age-related macular degeneration, also known as AMD. But you don't have to let this progressive eye disease rob you of your functional vision – because Butler Eyecare in Lebanon, MO offers macular degeneration treatment.
An Explanation of AMD's Symptoms and Causes
Some eye diseases naturally become more prevalent as you age. In the case of macular degeneration, most people don't start developing signs of the disorder until they're approaching age 60. AMD is an affliction of the portion of the retina responsible for your central visual field, a zone of light-sensitive cells known as the macula. While the actual symptoms can take years to show up, progressive damage to the macula may eventually cause serious visual distortion. Straight lines may take on a wavy appearance or you entire areas in your center of vision may "go blank," rendering you unable to read, drive, work, or even see the face of the person you're talking to. The two primary types of AMD include:
- Dry AMD: This milder stage of the disease can sometimes cause vision problems. The most obvious diagnostic marker is tiny yellow deposits called drusen which form on the macular surface.
- Wet AMD: A minority of AMD sufferers will move on from dry AMD to wet AMD. This condition is more serious because it involves the proliferation of abnormal, leaky blood vessels that can dramatically worsen your vision problems.
Your Optometrist at Butler Eyecare
Butler Eyecare can diagnose AMD in its earliest stages by performing annual comprehensive retinal examinations. While there's no way to eliminate your chances of getting this disease, your ophthalmologist can advise you on how to reduce risk factors such as smoking, UV exposure, HEV (blue light) exposure, excess weight, and hypertension. Positive lifestyle changes can minimize the progression of dry AMD.
Contact Us to Schedule Your Next Appointment Today
Dr. Butler can help you take the right steps to fight back against macular degeneration and preserve your eyesight. Call our Lebanon office at 417-991-3200 to learn more information or to schedule an appointment.