Macular Degeneration

Comprehensive Vision Care in Carlsbad

Our Eye Doctor at Modern Eyes Optometry knows that your life in Carlsbad can be hectic. That's why he, along with the entire staff of our full service facility, is devoted to providing efficient personalized service each and every time you entrust your comprehensive vision care to us. One of the most common conditions we treat is macular degeneration. 


Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is a major cause of vision loss, affecting more than 10 million people, putting it ahead of glaucoma, diabetes, and cataracts. Presently considered incurable, macular degeneration is caused by the deterioration of the macula, the central portion of the retina responsible for our central vision focus, thus affecting the ability to drive, read, see small detail, or recognize faces.

Macular degeneration is more common in older persons, specifically those over 55, but it can strike anyone at any age. Since genetics, high blood pressure, smoking, and obesity are other contributing factors, it’s important to live a healthy lifestyle at every age.  While we can't change our genes, we can do something about the other three.

There are Two Types of Macular Degeneration: Dry and Wet

Dry macular degeneration occurs when bits of fat and protein called drusen collect under the retina, preventing oxygen from reaching the eye. Vision loss is a slow and gradual process in cases of dry macular degeneration.

Wet macular degeneration progresses much more quickly than dry macular degeneration. In wet macular degeneration, extraneous blood vessels form underneath the macula, leaking damage-causing blood and fluid into the eye. Every case of macular degeneration begins as dry macular degeneration. While not every case progresses to the wet form, it’s important to monitor the condition regularly in order to prevent it from worsening. 

How Our Carlsbad Eye Doctor Tests for Macular Degeneration

Part of the routine eye exams patients receive here at Modern Eyes Optometry includes basic tests for macular degeneration. First our eye doctor will examine the retina for drusen, one of the earliest indicators. Next he will show them the Amsler grid, an arrangement of lines that look like a checkerboard. If the lines look wavy or some are missing, it could be a sign of macular degeneration. At this point, he will recommend seeing a specialist.

Isn't It Time for Your Annual Eye Exam?

Whether you're a long-time patient at Modern Eyes Optometry in Carlsbad, or are just now considering coming in for your first exam, our eye doctor would be happy to see you. Call us today and let us schedule an appointment on a day that's convenient for you.




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