Allegheny Ophthalmology Associates
Pittsburgh's Most Reliable, Local Ophthalmologists, located in Natrona Heights, PA
Among older adults, Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss, according to NIH. With macular degeneration, you lose vision in the central part of your eye, but your peripheral vision stays intact. An example of this is being able to see a clock but not being able to tell what time it is.
At the Allegheny Ophthalmology Associates, we have the most up-to-date instruments available to detect Macular Degeneration. We are conveniently located on Freeport Road in Natrona Heights, PA serving communities in Northern Allegheny, Westmoreland, Armstrong, and Butler Counties. Call 724-224-4240 or book an appointment online!
Macular degeneration comes on gradually, usually affecting both eyes. Age-related macular degeneration often develops progressively with signs of widening distortions or blank spots, starting at age 50. Other symptoms include blurriness and line distortion in the center of vision.
Apart from aging, risk factors for macular degeneration include:
The retina is like film in a camera. Glasses help to focus the light onto the retina just like a camera lens focuses the light onto the film. But, if the film in the camera is damaged, it doesn't matter what kind of lens you put on the front, the picture won't turn out any better. According to the National Eye Institute, each year 16,000 people in the United States with age-related macular degeneration become legally blind, which means that glasses cannot correct their vision.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration almost always confines itself to your central vision. The rest of the retina is responsible for your peripheral vision and is not affected. Some people become legally blind but can manage to read large print with the aid of special magnifiers.
Currently, there's no cure for age-related macular degeneration. While age-related macular degeneration is incurable, early detection and treatment can often slow its progress. Supplemental treatment options for age-related macular degeneration include vitamin prophylactic therapy for patients with early age-related macular degeneration and anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) injections for certain forms of the advanced disease.
Research indicates certain foods high in Omega 3 and vegetables high in carotenoids, such as spinach and collard greens, can lower risk of advanced macular degeneration. Further, the National Eye Institute's Age-Related Eye Disease Study found that taking a daily zinc and antioxidant supplement reduced the risk of further retinal damage. Long-term effects are not fully known. We suggest visiting our office before starting any diet.
If you have been experiencing vision changes, schedule an eye exam right away. If you have any of the symptoms or are experiencing vision loss due to macular degeneration, call our office or schedule an appointment online with one of our ophthalmologists.