There are many eye health issues that can be serious, especially if they aren't caught early or treated properly. One of these issues is macular degeneration. If you're in the Bloomington, IN, area and in need of an eye exam to check for macular degeneration, or eye care after diagnosis, reach out to us at Brinegar Eye Care for support today.
What Is Macular Degeneration?
Macular degeneration involves deterioration of the macular in the eye. When this happens, patients often start to lose their middle vision. They can usually see well around the edges, but the center can look distorted, blurry, or dark. Even with good peripheral vision it can be difficult to navigate when you have MD. Seeing faces, reading labels, and driving, for example, may not be easy or possible.
There are two types of MD, which are wet and dry. The dry kind is much slower, and often affects people of advanced age. The wet kind is more immediate, and vision can become poor quickly, instead of over many months or years. Our eye doctor can check for both kinds of MD, and help you understand which one you have.
Can Macular Degeneration be Cured?
There is no official cure for macular degeneration. Vitamins and a healthy diet may slow the progression of the dry kind and reduce its impact for a while, but it won't cure it or reverse any vision loss that's already occurred. There are other treatments for the wet kind of macular degeneration, and these have the potential to restore some lost vision but usually not to the quality of vision before the degeneration occurred. Even then, it's not considered to be a cure.
What Can an Eye Exam Tell You?
An eye exam from our optometrist can look for indications of macular degeneration, whether or not you're experiencing any kind of current vision loss. If a problem is detected, our eye doctor can work with you on slowing the progression of the disease and navigating any upcoming vision changes you may experience.
If you have wet MD you may be able to preserve much of your vision if you get treated quick enough. If you're diagnosed with dry MD, though, you'll want to have frequent monitoring to address your rate and level of vision loss, in case you need to make accommodations for the future. Patients with MD generally won't go completely blind, but they may have trouble seeing clearly enough for basic life tasks.
Work with Our Optometrist on Our Optometry Team for Your Eye Care
If you're in the Bloomington, IN, area and have questions about macular degeneration, or if you need help for your condition, reach out to us at Brinegar Eye Care today. Our optometrist and team are here to help you get the eye exam and information you need. Working with an eye doctor can help you better manage your condition can get more peace of mind. Call us at (812) 339-7995 for more information.