Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of blindness among those over age 50. It is characterized by damage to the center of the retina, or macula, leading to a compromised central field of vision. Dr. Steven Chander and the team at Primary Eye Care Associates can diagnose and provide treatment for both wet and dry AMD. If you are experiencing symptoms of macular degeneration, contact our Chicago office to schedule an appointment today.
What Is Age-Related Macular Degeneration?
Both wet and dry AMD affect the macula, which is responsible for converting light focused upon the retina into electrical impulses. These impulses travel through the optic nerve to the brain, allowing you to perceive images.
Dry AMD is the most common type. It occurs when yellow deposits called drusen appear beneath your macula. These drusen continue to grow on the retina, causing separation and thinning of the macula.
In wet AMD, abnormal blood vessels will begin to grow underneath the retina. Blood may leak into the eye, causing the macula to swell, leading to permanent damage. Wet AMD can arise as a result of dry AMD, or it can develop on its own.
Symptoms of Macular Degeneration
Dry AMD typically develops slowly, so you may not notice the symptoms immediately. The condition often begins with changes in the central field of vision. Meanwhile, colors may begin to seem duller than usual. The symptoms of wet AMD are similar, but usually progress more quickly.
Macular Degeneration Diagnosis
To diagnose AMD, Dr. Chander will conduct an eye exam, dilating your pupil and using a specialized instrument to view your retina and macula. He may also use advanced diagnostic tools to uncover more complicated cases of macular degeneration. An OCT (optical coherence tomography) test uses ultrasound to detect abnormal blood vessels around your macula. Our OCT testing can also detect signs of other conditions such as glaucoma.
If you are not yet experiencing macular degeneration, Dr. Chander can also determine your risk for developing the condition. He uses the innovative QuanitfEye® test to measure macular pigment levels. Low pigment levels indicate that you have a higher chance of developing AMD. If you have a high risk for AMD, nutritional supplements can help reduce your chances of developing the condition.
Guaranteed Effective Treatment
Although there is no cure for AMD, aggressive nutritional therapy can radically decrease the rate of macular damage. In particular, we will prescribe an aggressive regimen of zinc, antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta carotene.
Dr. Chander will also guide you in making dietary changes. He may recommend eating more fruits and vegetables, as well as omega-3 fatty acids. When followed as directed, we guarantee that our treatment will have positive results for your vision. If you do not see an improvement in your AMD symptoms within six months of beginning treatment, Primary Eye Care Associates will provide a full refund.
Protect Your Vision
With early diagnosis, we can provide more effective and long-lasting treatment for your macular degeneration. Contact us today to schedule your eye exam and learn more about our effective care for AMD.