One of the vision problems associated with aging is macular degeneration. The effects of this disease are well-known. Vision can become blurry, and in part of the visual field, it may disappear altogether. This damage to the visual field affects the center of the field of vision, making many activities such as reading difficult to do. There is no cure for this disease, but there are some treatments that focus on limiting the condition and its damage to the visual field. Once damaged, however, the visual field will not return.
How It Detected?
Macular degeneration is one of the important reasons to visit our ophthalmologists and optometrists regularly. Here in the Southern New Mexico area, including Alamogordo, Las Cruces, Deming, Ruidoso, Truth or Consequences, and Silver City, Fillmore Eye Clinic has eye doctors and surgeons ready to assist with your vision problems.
One common tool we use to detect changes in the eye is by having the patient view an Amsler Grid. This grid is like looking at a set of cross hatchings, and it shows where there may be gaps in your vision. Our doctors will also look at your eyes, usually with the assistance of dilation, to get a better view of the internal structures.
Once your tests are complete, we will inform you of the diagnosis and possible treatment plans.
Types of Macular Degeneration and Treatment for Them
There are two kinds of macular degeneration: dry and wet. Only 5 to 10% of cases are the dry type of the disease.
The dry form of the disease has limited treatments available. A special diet consisting of vitamins, minerals, and other compounds may be of help. Generally, these diets consist of:
- Vitamin C (500 mg)
- Vitamin E (400 IU)
- Lutein (10 mg)
- Zeaxanthin (2 mg)
- Zinc (80 mg)
- Copper (2 mg)
Other treatments our optometrists or ophthalmologists may suggest consist of eye drops and eye exercises.
The wet form of macular degeneration has more treatments available. Some medications can be injected into the eye to stop the vascular changes that cause this condition. These treatments can also be supplemented by laser eye surgery to stop the development of vascular damage to the eye.
Call Fillmore Eye Clinic Today!
If you haven't seen any eye doctors recently, give Fillmore Eye Clinic in Southern New Mexico a call today at 800-323-4764. We will set you up with an appointment to protect your vision. We work with most types of health insurance, too. Protect your vision today.