Macular Degeneration Treatment from our Optometrists in Hurst, Woodland Springs, and Roanoke
If you have been diagnosed with macular degeneration or suspect that you have it, learn about your treatment options. Here are some of the things you can expect to hear when you talk to our First Eye Care optometrists in Roanoke, Woodland Springs, or Hurst about your condition.
Dry Macular Degeneration
This is the early form of the disease, and currently, there are no FDA-approved treatments or cures. However, the American Academy of Ophthalmology says that a combination of vitamin and mineral supplements may help those with a large amount of drusen – fatty deposits under the retina – or serious vision loss. These include vitamins C, E, lutein, zeaxanthin, zinc, and copper. Ask your optometrist about trying these or other supplements.
Wet Macular Degeneration
The "wet" form of macular degeneration is so named because one of its features is abnormal blood vessels that leak. Two forms of treatment are currently available - one helps to prevent the formation of new abnormal blood vessels and may help eliminate some that already exist. The other treatment is aimed at slowing or stopping the leakage. Both may be combined.
Prevention of new abnormal vessels is usually attained by giving shots of anti-VEGF drugs. VEGF promotes the formation of the unwanted vessels, so blocking it slows or stops that formation.
Stopping the leakage of existing blood vessels is done with laser therapy. The laser is aimed at the area surrounding the macula rather than on the macula itself. This slows or stops blood flow to the leaky vessels and helps to keep the macula free of pooled, leaked blood.
End-Stage Wet Macular Degeneration
By the time the disease has run its course, vision deterioration can be severe. There is a treatment that can improve vision after this has happened:
The Implantable Mini-Telescope
This medical device is implanted into the eye. It relies on the fact that with macular degeneration, the area around the macula is usually spared the worst of the disease. The "miniature telescope" enlarges images in the central part of the vision so that they project onto that surrounding area. It replaces your eye's natural lens. Note that it can only be implanted after the disease is no longer active.
Contact First Eye Care in Woodland Springs, Hurst, or Roanoke Today
If you have macular degeneration or suspect that you do, make an appointment with us here at First Eye Care. To contact First Eye Care in Hurst, call (817) 656-2020. For our Woodland Springs optometry location, call (817) 741-4177. For our Roanoke optometrists, call (817) 491-2018.