Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration Symptoms & Treatment Options

Although many diseases have symptoms, some do not in the early phases. Getting a basic idea of what macular degeneration is, what the symptoms look like, and what to do for treatment of the eye condition can be important, particularly if you have any reason to believe you are suffering from it.

What Is Macular Degeneration?

Macular degeneration is an eye condition that impacts over 10 million people in America. Macular degeneration can occur as a result of an individual’s genes, which is why it can be a good idea to have regular visits at an eye center with an eye specialist. Aside from inheriting the disease, it is known that the environment may be a factor in the cause. However, there is still much that is unknown about the eye condition, including more specific causes of it.

Symptoms of Macular Degeneration

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What is Dry AMD?

There are two basic forms of macular degeneration: “Dry” (Atrophic) and “Wet”.  The most common form of age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) is Dry AMD affecting approximately 85 to 90 percent of people with the disorder.

Dry AMD is characterized by the presence of yellow deposits that develop within the macula (drusen) and pigment alterations.  The formation of drusen leads to damage of the macula which then causes the macula to lose its function.  There are several types of drusen and the presence of drusen is not always an indication of macular degeneration.

The macula is responsible for the sharp, central vision that enables you to read, drive and recognize details such as facial features.  The RPE cells affected by dry macular degeneration, support the light detecting photoreceptor cells that are critical for vision.  To better understand how photoreceptors work; when we […]

New form of treatment for Wet Macular Degeneration – Clinical Trial

The Fort Lauderdale Eye Institute is conducting a clinical trial on a new form of treatment for Wet Macular Degeneration
About the Fort Lauderdale Eye Institute

As a leading ophthalmic practice that specializes in diagnosing, treating, and correcting eye and retinal diseases, the Fort Lauderdale Eye Institute has many years of experience in successfully diagnosing and treating thousands of patients with macular degeneration.

What is Macular Degeneration?

Affecting nearly 2 million Americans, macular degeneration (AMD) or degeneration of the macula, is currently an incurable eye disease, leading to age-related vision loss.  However, there are multiple treatment options that can help you improve and/or stabilize your vision and are contingent upon the progression of your disease.

The macula is in the center of the retina and is a small spot where vision is keenest.  It lines the interior of the back of the eye and […]

Do You Suffer From Macular Degeneration?

The macula helps your eye focus on centrally located items. This includes things like television and faces. While central vision is only about 3% of vision, if damaged it can lead to blindness in a practical sense. Macular damage can prevent patients from being able to watch television, use computers, drive or read.

Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) can occur as your eye ages. Macular degeneration can appear as either wet or dry degeneration.

Dry macular degeneration is the most common form, representing 90% of cases. It may or may not lead to vision changes.
Wet macular degeneration develops when new blood vessels appear within the macula, weakening its function. Vision loss can occur quickly with wet macular degeneration.

Macular degeneration is most often caused by aging but can also be caused by genetics, hypertension, high cholesterol, obesity, and smoking.

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Macular Holes

On occasion a patient can come into an eye doctors office very scared that one of their eyes has suddenly become distorted or blurred. This can happen when a macular hole develops. Macular holes occur when there is a break in the layers of the macular.  Our macular is the area in the back of our eyes that is responsible for our central detailed vision.

When our eyes age, the gel in our eyes, called the vitreous, pulls away from the macular and sometimes causes a hole to form.  Holes tend to form over the age of 60 and occur more in women.  The hole may be a partial hole, not very deep, or a full thickness hole which is much deeper. The worst case scenario is a full thickness hole.

When you come in for an eye exam with these symptoms, the doctor will perform a dilated exam and examine the whole retina. An OCT, optical coherence tomography, may be performed which shows the thickness of the macula and is a good tool to use in the diagnosis of the macular hole.  […]

Dr. Burgess Discusses Macular Degeneration Treatments in TV Interview

Dr. Burgess was recently invited to appear on channel 10 news here in South Florida where he discussed drug options used in macular degeneration treatments that can save money for patients. At this time there is no cure for macular degeneration however these drugs can delay progress of the disease and possibly offer some improvement.
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