When visiting an eye doctor, individuals in their 40s and older are aware that their bodies are not the same as they were in their 20s. Struggling to read at 10 pm just seems a bit harder every night, as well as seeing in the distance when driving. However, it can be uncomfortable and surprising to be told that they now have macular degeneration.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a very common eye condition where the eye's macula deteriorates over time. It's commonly referred to as "getting older" and experiencing a decline in sharp vision. As a result, macular degeneration raises many questions from our patients at Vision Source Castle Hills in San Antonio.
What is the difference between wet and dry AMD?
Dry macular degeneration progresses slowly and affects the majority of people with the condition. On the other hand, wet AMD develops rapidly and is more serious, potentially affecting vision if left untreated. Approximately 9 out of 10 cases of AMD are dry macular degeneration. While it can be slowed with corrective vision help, it cannot be cured and tends to worsen over time. Moreover, dry AMD can transition into wet AMD, which involves rapid scarring of the macula and can cause significant damage quickly due to leaking blood vessels in the eye.
Does AMD affect both eyes only?
It is possible to have AMD in one eye, but over time, both eyes can progress to develop the condition.
What symptoms are associated with AMD?
The early signs of developing AMD are often interpreted as difficulty reading. Individuals may require more light to read, experience increasing blurry spots in their vision, notice a blurry field in the center of their view, and perceive straight lines as wavy.
Are there pharmaceutical treatments for AMD?
Currently, four different products are available and approved by the U.S. government for use and prescription. These treatments are associated with inhibiting or delaying the progression of AMD in patients.
Where can I find help with AMD in San Antonio, TX?
Our team at Vision Source Castle Hills provides qualified care for AMD treatment, including both dry and wet AMD conditions. Our optometrist can confirm the condition and status through an in-depth eye exam and prescribe AMD treatment as needed. Whether you are in San Antonio or Castle Hills, we help patients from all over. There's no need to rely on Internet searching; our optometrist can answer all your AMD questions in person.