Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration services offered in Washington Heights, New York, NY

If you’re experiencing blurry vision, especially in your central vision, you may have macular degeneration. At Vistasite Optique in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City, New York, experienced optometrist Vladimir Dvoretsky, OD, can diagnose and treat macular degeneration to slow its progression. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today to find a solution to your macular degeneration.

What is macular degeneration?

Macular degeneration is an eye disease affecting the macula, the part of the eye responsible for your central vision. The condition causes various eye problems, but they often appear gradually. Symptoms can occur in one eye, or both eyes.  

With macular degeneration, it becomes hard to focus on fine details up-close or even at a distance. Eye issues like macular degeneration are very common among older adults, with many people in their 50s experiencing vision impairment. 

What are the symptoms of macular degeneration?

 The most common macular degeneration symptoms include:

  • Blurry central vision
  • Visual distortions
  • Trouble recognizing faces
  • Difficulty seeing in low light
  • Decrease in colors
  • Increased need for bright light when reading or working

Though AMD doesn’t cause you to become blind, you may struggle with activities like driving and performing close-up work. 

What causes macular degeneration?

Macular degeneration occurs when the macula thins. The cause of this condition is unknown, but most scientists believe that it results from a combination of factors, both hereditary and environmental. 

Specific risk factors might also contribute to macular degeneration, including carrying significant excess weight, having cardiovascular disease or high blood pressure, or maintaining habits like smoking. 

How is macular degeneration diagnosed?

Your optometrist at Vistasite Optique may diagnose macular degeneration after performing a series of tests. They may use an Amsler Grid or acuity tests to help evaluate your macular degeneration. Your eyes might need to be dilated so they can see through the pupil and observe the macula at the back of the eye. 

After gathering information from these tests, your optometrist assesses your risk and determines whether you need further treatment. 

How is macular degeneration treated?

While there are no specific treatments for the early stages of macular degeneration, your optometrist may recommend lifestyle changes, such as eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, and quitting smoking, to enhance your eye health. 

With macular degeneration, people often have sensitivity to bright lights. Your optometrist might also advise you to protect your eyes from UV rays by wearing sunglasses. 

Call Vistasite Optique or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about macular degeneration.