Age-related Macular Degeneration is a common condition that is the number one cause of vision loss among people 50 years of age and older. AMD is the breakdown of the macula, a small spot in the retina, which is responsible for our central vision and allows us to see sharply and clearly. There are two forms of AMD, “dry” or non-exudative AMD and “wet” or exudative AMD. Dry AMD is often the milder variation while “wet” AMD is the more advanced form and it is usually more sight-threatening.
Unfortunately, there is no “cure” that can reverse the effects of AMD, however there are therapies that have been developed to help stabilize or reduce the rate of vision loss. California Retina Consultants offers multiple treatments for AMD, including anti-VEGF injections which are designed to block the molecule that causes the growth of leaky blood vessels. Other treatment options provided include photodynamic therapy which utilizes a cold laser, and laser surgery which uses a hot laser to treat the leaking blood vessels.
Early detection is the key to slowing vision loss associated with AMD. It is important to constantly monitor symptoms and make sure to see your ophthalmologist routinely. Call California Retina Consultants at any of our locations across Central California to learn more or to schedule an appointment.