Are you an older adult who is having trouble seeing properly? It could be macular degeneration—a vision-threatening disease.
While there is no cure, lifestyle changes and prompt treatment can help you manage your symptoms and preserve your vision.
Find out how the specialists at Retina Associates, PA, serving Shawnee Mission, KS, and surrounding areas can treat this condition...
What Is Macular Degeneration?
Macular degeneration, also known as age-related macular degeneration, occurs when the central part of the retina (the macula) becomes damaged and wears down. This can cause various vision problems that, if left untreated, could ultimately lead to vision loss. However, there are many promising and proven therapies available to help men and women with macular degeneration manage this eye disease. Our state-of-the-art practice serving Shawnee Mission offers the latest treatments to help patients throughout Kansas manage their condition and maintain proper eye health for years to come.
Macular Degeneration Can Be Managed Get Treatment Now to Prevent Vision Loss
Early Detection Is KeyWhen it comes to macular degeneration, the earlier we catch the disease, the better. It’s important to stay on top of regular eye exams and make an appointment at our Shawnee Mission, KS, practice as soon as you notice any changes in your vision. This gives us the best chance to preserve your central vision and manage any symptoms.
Treatment Is Covered by InsuranceAge-related macular degeneration is a serious eye disease that requires prompt attention. Treatment is covered by medical insurance because it is necessary.
Different Treatment Options Are AvailableOur specialists in Shawnee Mission, KS, tailor care to each individual. Macular degeneration occurs in stages, and needs vary from one case to another, so we ensure that each treatment plan is personalized to your diagnosis and personal case.
Call our office right away if you are experiencing sudden vision changes...
We Specialize in Diagnosing
& Treating Macular Degeneration
If you are experiencing sudden and significant vision changes, schedule an appointment at our office right away. Call us at (913) 831-7400 to explore your treatment options.
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Book an Appointment With A Team of Experts in Retina, Macula, and Vitreous Diseases
If you’ve experienced a change in vision or are concerned about vision loss, we invite you to make an appointment to get evaluated by our team of experts.
Our board-certified ophthalmologists are committed to providing high-quality eye care to patients throughout Kansas and helping them preserve their vision. We've been helping patients manage this condition for many years, and we can help you too. To make care as convenient as possible, our doctors are available at 12 locations throughout greater Kansas City.
While macular degeneration can be stressful to deal with, there are more avenues than ever before for early detection and management. Our doctors are actively involved in research in order to provide the most advanced therapies in the field of retina, macula, and vitreous diseases. Request a consultation online to learn more about age-related macular degeneration and eye care at our practice serving Shawnee Mission, KS.
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Symptoms of Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Blurry or distorted vision
Straight lines appearing wavy
Dark holes or shadows in central vision
Changes in color perception
Trouble adjusting from different lighting
Changes in depth perception
What Are the Risk Factors?
- Age over 50
- Being female
- Family history of macular degeneration
- Caucasian ethnicity
- High blood pressure
- Light-colored eyes
- Poor diet
- Sun exposure without proper UV (ultraviolet) protection
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"Very professional, I was processed quickly and (efficiently). Very friendly and relaxing environment. Dr. Cohen was great. Procedure went well and was effective. Would recommend to anyone." Chris Revard
The Two Types of Macular Degeneration
Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Dry AMD accounts for the majority of macular degeneration cases. In this type, patients have large amounts of drusen growing within the thinning macula. Drusen can lead to blurry and distorted vision and make everyday tasks like reading a challenge. If left untreated, dry AMD could lead to central vision loss or potentially progress to wet AMD.
Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Wet AMD is much less common than dry AMD but is more serious because it progresses rapidly. Wet AMD is caused by abnormal blood vessels growing under the macula. The blood vessels cause fluid and blood to leak into the retina, resulting in a loss of central vision. If the abnormal blood vessels create a scar on the macula, this leads to permanent vision loss.
What Are the Treatment Options?
Lifestyle changes can be extremely beneficial as a preventative treatment or for patients in the early stages of age-related degeneration. Because certain factors such as obesity or high blood pressure increase the risk of this condition, a healthy lifestyle can help decrease your risk and keep symptoms from worsening. Our doctors may suggest getting regular physical activity, quitting smoking, or actively trying to lower your blood pressure.
A diet that is high in fat but low in nutrients and antioxidants can contribute to macular degeneration. Patients should eat a well-balanced diet rich in leafy greens and Omega-3 fatty acids. They should also maintain a healthy weight. Studies found that certain nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, copper, beta-carotene, and others reduce the risk of macular degeneration progressing to later stages or into wet AMD.
While wet AMD can progress quickly, our doctors offer effective treatments to control the condition. Medication can be injected into the eye to prevent new abnormal blood vessels from forming and block any fluid from reaching the retina. This protects the eye from further deterioration of your central vision. To ensure your comfort during this procedure, you will be given anesthetic eye drops.
Laser therapy is another effective treatment for wet age-related macular degeneration. Your doctor uses a laser to seal off abnormal blood vessels, prevent leakage into the macula, and prevent further vision loss. Prior to the procedure, you will also be given anesthetic eye drops to keep you comfortable.