Macular Degeneration Treatment Huntsville, AL
Macular Degeneration occurs when the macula, a part of the retina that controls central vision, deteriorates over time.
So, while peripheral vision will remain intact, what is directly in front of you – whether near or far away – may be blurry or appear as a dark or blank spot. Straight lines may appear wavy.
The symptoms of macular degeneration are particularly debilitating: it affects a person’s ability to drive a car, read, or to see anything in fine detail.
At 20/20 Eye Care, we utilize state-of-the-art technology to diagnose and detect changes in vision, including early signs of macular degeneration. Our diagnostic methods include:
- Macular Densitometry – to measure how healthy the cells of the retina are, this device accurately measures the thickness of macular pigment. The thicker the pigment, the less likely you are to develop macular degeneration.
- Genetic Testing – this DNA test (taken from a swab of the cheek) can detect variations in your genetic code that put you at risk for developing macular degeneration.
- Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) – the latest in OCT imaging can help in the diagnosis and treatment of macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal conditions, and other forms of eye damage. This high-resolution imaging technique reveals thickness and details of each layer of the retina and compares them over time.
Certain medications, including vitamins and supplements, may reduce progression of the disease. Laser surgery may also help.
Don’t wait to find out if you have early signs of macular degeneration. Call 20/20 Eye Care in Huntsville, Alabama, at (256) 536-5589, or use our convenient online appointment request form to speak to our doctors who are experienced in identifying the condition and can help form a treatment plan.