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Naples Eye Physicians Offer Diagnosis and Treatment of Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is an age-related eye condition that can cause progressive loss of vision. Often referred to as “AMD,” this condition causes damage to the retina at the back of the eyes. You may not know you have age-related macular degeneration until the problem has become significantly advanced. Naples Eye Physicians in Naples, FL offers comprehensive eye exams that can detect the early signs of the condition and can provide effective treatment to slow the disease.

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What Is AMD?

Age-related macular degeneration occurs when the “macula,” a part of the retina at the back of the eyes becomes damaged. Over time, retinal cells begin to deteriorate and progressive vision loss occurs. Although there is no cure for AMD, treatment can help to slow the progress of the disease.

Types of AMD

AMD occurs in two different forms, the dry form, and the wet form. In the dry form, small, yellowish deposits called “drusen” form on the macula and begin to interfere with normal vision. In the wet form of the disease new blood vessels form and cause leaks into the eye, damaging sensitive eye tissue. These two forms have different treatments. Your eye doctor in Naples will determine which type you have and will recommend the appropriate treatment needed to preserve your vision.

Causes of AMD

Individuals who have a family history of macular degeneration have an increased risk for developing the disease. Those who are overweight or eat high amounts of saturated fat, such as that in meat, cheese and butter, are also at higher risk. If you smoke, you are at increased risk of AMD. Caucasians and anyone over the age of 50 generally are at greater risk for the disease. Certain medications can also play a part in the development of AMD.  If you have any of these risk factors, you should get annual exams, including testing for AMD.

Treatment of AMD

Currently, there is no FDA approved treatment for the dry form of AMD. Generally, it is treated with antioxidant supplements, such as lutein, zeaxanthin and omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to slow the disease. The wet form of AMD requires more aggressive treatment, such as with certain medications and laser treatment of leaking blood vessels.

Make Naples Eye Physicians Your Specialist For Eye Health

The optometrists at Naples Eye Physicians have the knowledge and experience to provide superior care for their patients in Naples, FL, and surrounding communities. We offer a range of services to ensure good eye health throughout your life. Contact Naples Eye Physicians today at 239-262-6288 for an appointment to have your eyes checked for macular degeneration and to learn more about prevention and treatment of this eye condition.

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