If you have just been diagnosed with wet macular degeneration or dry macular degeneration, our eye doctors in Newington and South Windsor are here for you. While macular degeneration cannot be cured, our optometrists can manage the condition to preserve your vision.
What is Macular Degeneration and How is it Diagnosed?
Macular degeneration, a leading cause of vision loss in adults, often goes unnoticed until our eye doctor in South Windsor detects it during an eye exam. The condition is diagnosed by viewing the back of the retina and checking for a macular hole. Yellow deposits indicate dry macular degeneration. A visual field test can confirm it, as can a retinal imaging test showing a macular hole.
Age-related macular degeneration comes in two types: Dry macular degeneration, which sets on slowly, and wet macular degeneration, which is less common and causes sudden vision loss. Individuals over age 50 are most likely to develop either of these retinal diseases.
Macular Degeneration Prevention and Macular Degeneration Treatment
Studies suggest there is a link between sun exposure and macular degeneration. You can lower your risk of developing macular degeneration by wearing sunglasses that block UV light. Quitting smoking also lowers your risk of getting macular degeneration.
Retinal diseases’ prevention measures consist of eating foods low on the glycemic index, avoiding starchy foods and refined flours, using UV eye protection, losing weight if you are obese, and exercising to increase the flow of oxygen to the eye.
Macular degeneration treatment includes following many macular degeneration prevention measures to slow down the disease’s progression. By watching your diet, getting exercise, and maintaining a healthy blood pressure, you can maintain more of your vision for longer. Our Newington and South Windsor optometrists may suggest supplements rich in vitamin C and E as well as omega-3 fatty acids.
Our Newington and South Windsor optometrists accept new patients with retinal diseases including macular degeneration. Call us today to learn more, we look forward to hearing from you!