Macular Degeneration Treatment in Sikeston and Poplar Bluff
If you can imagine seeing a blank or distorted space instead of your children’s faces or your favorite TV show, you have some idea of what a disease called macular degeneration can do to your quality of life. This age-related condition is the leading cause of vision loss in the U.S. and the leading cause of severe vision loss in individuals aged 60 and older. While the effects of macular degeneration are irreversible, the condition itself can be controlled with the right treatment. Here at Dr. Obermark Eye Health Care, either eye doctor on our team can offer macular degeneration treatment in Sikeston and Poplar Bluff.
Macular Degeneration Symptoms and Causes
Macular degeneration symptoms may not appear at all during the early stages of the disease’s development. Unfortunately, this means your eyes may be suffering progressive, irreparable damage without you being aware of it. As the disease advances, you may see straight lines take on a wavy appearance. Eventually, blank spots may develop in the center of your visual field, although peripheral vision remains intact.
These symptoms are caused by damage to a part of the retina called the macula. This damage usually (but not always) begins after age 60. Smoking, obesity, excessive exposure to UV or HEV (high energy visible) light, ethnic heritage and genetics may all play roles in its development. In the more common, often asymptomatic early stage known as “dry” macular degeneration, yellowish deposits called drusen may collect on the macula. Some people will advance to the later or “wet” stage in which abnormal, laky blood vessels grow inside the eye.
How Your Poplar Bluff and Sikeston Optometrist Can Help
Your Poplar Bluff and Sikeston optometrist can detect even the earliest appearance of macular degeneration through a comprehensive eye exam and retinal evaluation. Many patients with dry macular degeneration can prevent the progression to wet macular degeneration through lifestyle changes such as smoking cessation, UV protection and a balanced diet rich in antioxidants and other eye-healthy nutrients. A specific nutritional supplementation program called AREDS2 may help you prevent the transition from intermediate macular degeneration to a more advanced stage.
Your eye doctor can treat wet macular degeneration by prescribing injectable medications such as Lucentis or Eylea that arrest the rapid growth of abnormal blood vessels. In advanced cases of wet macular degeneration, your Sikeston and Poplar Bluff optometrist can advise you as to whether you should seek out laser treatment or other procedures to seal off leaky blood vessels.
Schedule an Evaluation at Our Optometry Center Today
Your Sikeston and Poplar Bluff optometrist can help you protect your eyesight against the ravages of macular degeneration — but it’s up to you to schedule those regular eye exams so we can detect and treat the disease as early as possible. Call Dr. Obermark Eye Health Care today for an appointment at either of our optometry offices!