Macular degeneration is a common cause of vision loss in older people, and though incurable, there are ways to reduce the impact of this condition. Board-certified ophthalmologist Michael L. Levine, MD, FACS, has considerable expertise in helping patients who have macular degeneration using noninvasive and surgical treatments. To find out more, call the Michael L. Levine, M.D., F.A.C.S. office in Boynton Beach, Florida, or book an appointment online.
Macular degeneration is a problem affecting the macula, which is at the center of the retina. There are two distinct forms of macular degeneration:
Dry macular degeneration is the commonest form of the condition, affecting around 90% of people who have macular degeneration. It develops when deposits called drusen to build up and cause deterioration of the retina. Drusen buildup leads to a reduction in your ability to focus in the center of where you’re looking.
Less common than dry macular degeneration, wet macular degeneration develops because of the growth of abnormal blood vessels inside your retina. As the abnormal vessels grow, they can leak, leading to the formation of scar tissue that affects how well the cells in the macula function.
Macular degeneration is the leading cause of sight problems in people over 50.
In the earlier stages of macular degeneration, you probably won’t notice any symptoms at all. As the disease progresses, you might see straight lines appear wavy or distorted and see dark, blurred, or white areas in the center of your vision. Some people find their color perception alters too.
By the time you notice there’s something wrong with your eyes, macular degeneration could be well advanced. Therefore it’s vital to attend regular checkups at the practice of Michael Levine, M.D., F.A.C.S. to check for the earliest signs of the disease.
Detecting macular degeneration as early as possible can make all the difference when it comes to preserving your sight for longer. Prompt treatment can also improve the quality of your vision, whereas left untreated, macular degeneration can result in loss of sight.