Macular Degeneration (AMD/ARMD) is a mostly age-related disease that is a deterioration of the small central area of the retina responsible for visual acuity. It is mostly a gradual process with the eye steadily losing clear central vision causing blind spots when looking directly ahead.
Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss among older Americans and is expected to increase substantially as our population ages.
Although there is no known cure for AMD, there are treatments to slow down the process and even improve vision. The best means of diagnosing AMD is to schedule a comprehensive eye exam.
Kaz Vision & Laser Center has extensive experience in the treatment of Macular Degeneration. If you are over age 50, Call us today at 757-875-7700 to schedule a comprehensive AMD exam.
Two Types of Macular Degeneration
Dry Macular Degeneration
Constituting 85-90% of macular degeneration cases, dry AMD causes gradual central vision loss due to yellowish spots known as drusen accumulating in and around the macula. Vision looking straight ahead becomes blurry in the early stages of the disease. Catching it in its early stages is paramount to treatment.
Wet Macular Degeneration
The less common form of macular degeneration, wet AMD is when new blood vessels grow beneath the retina and leak blood and fluid. This causes retinal cells to die-off creating blind spots to central vision.