Macular Degeneration

How Is AMD Treated?


Although there is no known cure for Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), there are many treatment approaches Dr. Michael Sumsion can use to slow the progression of this serious condition. When left untreated, AMD most likely leads to blindness. For this reason, it is imperative that patients who begin to experience symptoms of macular degeneration seek out the assistance of a board-certified ophthalmologist immediately to improve chances of vision preservation.

The treatment used for AMD will depend in part upon which type of macular degeneration the patient is diagnosed with. For dry macular degeneration, vision aids and vitamin therapy are often used to minimize the symptoms. Protecting the eyes from UV exposure and receiving routine eye exams are also important components of managing dry macular degeneration.

Patients diagnosed with wet macular degeneration have a number of treatment options available, and Dr. Sumsion can help determine which course of action can best suit your needs during the consultation process. Intravitreal injections with Lucentis®, Avastin®, or Eylea® can potentially stop fluid leakage within the retina and ideally prevent further damage. In some cases, Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) can be used to target leaking vessels in the eye and slow the progression of macular degeneration.

The most important step toward successful treatment of AMD is receiving a proper diagnosis. Scheduling routine eye exams can help ensure your eye doctor catches macular degeneration in its earliest stages. Prompt diagnosis can lead to swift treatment, which may provide the best opportunity for preserving your vision.

What Are the Symptoms of Macular Degeneration?

Macular degeneration is one of the major causes of blindness in people over the age of 50, and may begin to develop as early as age 40. Since there is no known cure for macular degeneration, early detection and prompt treatment are essential for preserving your vision. The symptoms of macular degeneration may include:

  • Gradual or sudden change in the quality of your vision
  • Blurry vision and trouble seeing fine detail
  • Loss of central vision that manifests as either dark blurs or “white-out” spots
  • Changes in color perception
  • Straight lines that appear bent or curved

If you experience any of the symptoms listed above, you should seek out a board-certified ophthalmologist for testing and proper diagnosis. Dr. Michael Sumsion offers a number of treatment options at Riverside EyeCare Professionals that can potentially slow the progression of macular degeneration. In some instances, patients may even experience an improvement in their vision. If you believe you may be experiencing the onset of macular degeneration, please contact our office right away.

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