Our Annandale adult retina doctor is a specialist and expert in the management of retinal diseases. Among them are age-related macular degeneration, which when diagnosed in a timely manner and treated by our skilled and highly experienced ophthalmologist here at The Retina Group of Washington, is more likely to have a positive outcome.
There are two types of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), wet and dry. Only about 10% of cases are wet. This kind occurs when abnormal blood vessel growth occurs underneath your macula. Your blood vessels may then leak blood and eye fluid into your retinas, distorting your vision. Symptoms include straight lines looking wavy, and diminished central vision, including blind spots. Dry AMD, the most common kind, is marked by drusen, yellowish deposits that often increase in quantity over time. The eventual effect is distorted or dimmed vision in the center of your visual field, especially when reading. Again, straight lines may look wavy, just as with wet AMD. Signs such as the above usually mean that AMD has reached an advanced stage, and you should be examined by our Annandale adult retina doctor as soon as possible. The cause of AMD, either type, is simply the aging process. From age 40 onward, it becomes a possibility, with likelihood becoming greater after 60. Risk factors that can contribute to it, though are smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heredity. It’s also true that those with lighter skin and eyes are more prone to it than those with darker skin and eyes. Women get AMD more often than men, also. In addition to treatment and management options for AMD, our Annandale adult retina doctor will also help you to reduce your risk of getting it in the first place, as part of a yearly examination.
Call our office to book an appointment. Early detection is the most effective way to combat the effects of age-related macular degeneration.