Macular Degeneration Treatment in Alabama

Age-Related Macular Degeneration Diagram

Specialists In Treating Macular Degeneration

EyeCare Associates is staffed with highly trained eye doctors who use the latest technology to conduct thorough eye exams and help diagnose and treat a variety of eye conditions, including macular degeneration.

Through our doctors' experience, skills, and expertise they are able to help patients go through treatment options and improve their vision.

Macular Degeneration

Find EyeCare Associates Macular Degeneration Specialists Near You

EyeCare Associates has Age-Related Macular Degeneration eye care specialists in Alabama. Schedule your eye exam with the expert optometrists at EyeCare Associates and find out what AMD treatment options are available to you.

Types of Macular Degeneration

There are two types of macular degeneration: dry AMD and wet AMD. Dry is the most common form and occurs when tissue in the macula thins and cells responsible for vision decrease. Wet AMD is a less common form but is more severe due to vision loss being more rapid. Wet AMD is caused by the blood vessels under your macula leaking into part of the retina. The symptoms are worse for wet versus dry AMD. Regular eye exams help diagnose AMD early and is important for both types.

Macular Degeneration Symptoms

Symptoms don’t always happen immediately and can often go unnoticed until vision loss occurs. Macular Degeneration might only happen in one eye, or one eye is more severe than the other, and it can be hard to notice anything wrong with your vision. Common symptoms include: blurry vision, dark areas in your vision, colors that look different, small text is harder to read, or driving is becoming more difficult.

Over-the-Counter Treatment Options for AMD 

Age-Related Macular Degeneration differs from other eye conditions in that it’s not just an irritated eye that can be cured with eye drops, it involves a blur or loss of vision which is not so easily reversed. The best over-the-counter options for AMD include vitamins and supplements that contain carotenoids like lutein and zeaxanthin.

The Alabama eye doctors at EyeCare Associates can set up treatment options that include over-the-counter supplements.

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Macular Degeneration Treatment

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss among older adults. It can cause central vision loss, blind spots, changes in color perception, and distorted vision. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Macular Degeneration

What Is the Difference Between Wet and Dry Macular Degeneration?

Dry macular degeneration is when the macula slowly breaks down and blurring of central vision occurs. Wet macular degeneration is when blood vessels behind the retina grow under the macular and leak onto the macula.

Can Macular Degeneration Be Prevented?

Macular degeneration might naturally occur as you get older, but there are steps to take to prevent loss of vision, such as not smoking, managing your health, a healthy diet, and getting regular eye exams.

What Are Risk Factors for Macular Degeneration?

Macular degeneration is also known as age-related macular degeneration because it’s the leading cause of vision loss in those over 60. While it primarily happens as you get older, it can be caused by genetics and can happen when younger. Other risk factors besides age and genetics include smoking, poor health, and it is more common in women.

Schedule an Appointment with EyeCare Associates

Think you may have Age-Related Macular Degeneration? Visit our Alabama eye doctors at EyeCare Associates! Give us a call or book an appointment online at your nearest EyeCare Associates eye care center.

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