Macular Degeneration Evaluation

Ophthalmologist located in Sacramento, CA

If you’re experiencing a reduction in sharp, detailed vision, you may have a condition known as macular degeneration. Barbara J. Arnold, MD, in Sacramento, California, can examine and assess your macula’s heath to detect problems early and create personalized treatment options. Schedule an appointment today by calling or booking online through the reservation portal.

What is macular degeneration?

Macular degeneration is a condition that affects the macula, which is the central part of the retina responsible for sharp, detailed vision. Macular degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss, particularly in older adults. 

There are two types of macular degeneration, dry and wet. Dry macular degeneration is more common and is characterized by the macula’s gradual breakdown. Wet macular degeneration is less common but more severe and caused by the abnormal growth of blood vessels beneath the macula.

Does aging cause macular degeneration?

Aging and damage to the macula are two of the largest causes of macular degeneration. However, other contributors, such as obesity, smoking, unmanaged blood pressure, and genetics, also lead to macular degeneration development. In rare cases, macular degeneration may be caused by abnormal blood vessel growth in the retina, which can be remedied with laser.

How can I get rid of macular degeneration?

A few different treatments are available for macular degeneration, depending on the type and condition’s severity. For early-stage cases, lifestyle changes, such as a healthy diet and regular exercise, may help slow the disease’s progression. 

For more advanced cases, Dr. Arnold can administer injectable medications into the eye or use a laser to down the growth of abnormal blood vessels. Additionally, various types of vision aids, such as glasses, can help improve vision for those with macular degeneration.

Does macular degeneration treatment improve vision?

The benefits of macular degeneration treatment include the potential to slow down or stop the disease’s progression. This can help preserve vision and prevent further damage to the macula. 

Some treatments can also help improve vision, such as injections that can reduce swelling and inflammation in the eye. 

What can I expect when recovering from macular degeneration treatment?

The recovery period from macular degeneration treatment can vary depending on the treatment you received. Some treatments, such as injections, may cause minor discomfort and require several visits to the eye doctor. Other treatments, such as lasers, can incur a longer recovery period. 

Typically, you’ll need to schedule follow-up appointments with Dr. Arnold to monitor the treatment’s success and ensure no complications. 

Schedule an appointment at the Sacramento, California, office today, by calling the office or going online and booking through the reservation tool.