As we age, our visual acuity changes and tends to decrease. Macular degeneration is often an age-related condition of the retina. There is more than one kind of macular degeneration, and the first step is to obtain an accurate diagnosis. After that, we can move forward and create a treatment plan that suits your budget and your vision needs. When you visit us at Sina J. Sabet MD PC, our ophthalmologist may treat your condition with corrective lenses, medication, or eye surgery. Before you visit us, learn more about macular degeneration below:
What is Macular Degeneration?
Macular degeneration is an eye disease that primarily affects the central vision. People suffering from this condition tend to lose visual acuity wholly or in part of the central visual field. It is most common in people who are age 50 or older and can be diagnosed with a thorough eye exam.
This disease affects the macula, which is the central portion of the retina and is located at the back of the eye. It is the part of the eye that receives visual light and stimulates the parts of the brain that are responsible for processing visual information.
When you visit us, our ophthalmologist will test your vision with an eye exam. Glasses and contact lenses are typically not reliable for this disease, however, these can help in some cases. To slow the progression, eye surgery is usually necessary.
Eye Surgery for Macular Degeneration
Surgery for macular degeneration can be highly effective in preventing the disease from worsening. Our ophthalmologist will first need to determine the type of macular degeneration that is present and then proceed to develop a surgical treatment that is meant for your condition.
During the procedure, our eye doctor will administer anesthetic drops and place a device over your eye to keep it open. Then an injection will be administered, which should create some pressure, but should not be painful. When the surgery is complete, you will be prescribed antibiotic drops and our ophthalmologist will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your progress.
Contact us Today!
If you are experiencing any symptoms of macular degeneration, it is critical to receive an accurate diagnosis as soon as possible. Our ophthalmologist at Sina J. Sabet MD PC, in Alexandria, VA will perform a through eye exam so that we can provide you with the necessary treatment and help with the progression of the disease. To learn more about our treatments and to schedule your consultation, call us at (703) 370-9411.