If you are looking for quality eye care, you have come to the right place. Dr. Michael Young, the Eye Doctor at Redding Eye care Center in Redding, CA is here to help. Below is more information about macular degeneration and how we can help.

What is Macular Degeneration?

Macular degeneration is when the retina deteriorates due to aging. This is also referred to as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and it affects people over the age of 60. It causes vision loss, which is irreversible.

What Causes Macular Degeneration?

Macular degeneration happens when the macula, which is in the middle of your retina, breaks down. The retina is the nerve that sense light for your eye.

There are two main types of macular degeneration. They are wet and dry macular degeneration. Dry macular is more common, accounting for approximately 80 to 90 percent of cases. With the dry form, individuals have drusen, which are yellow deposits in their macula. These drusen can negatively affect your vision as you age, especially if there are too many of them in your eye. You can eventually lose your central version with this type of macular degeneration.

With the wet type, the blood vessels that are under your macula can break and spread the blood throughout your retina, making it hard to see. Blind spots can occur, as well as loss of central vision. About 10% of people with this condition get the wet version.

What are the Symptoms of Macular Degeneration?

There are several symptoms of macular degeneration. These symptoms include blurry and dark areas in the center of your vision, vision that worsens, blurry vision, and seeing different colors.

How We Can Help

Having regular eye exams can help us detect early signs of macular degeneration. There are several procedures and treatments that can help slow down vision loss from macular degeneration. An angiography is where the Eye Doctor injects dye in your blood stream so that they can see if blood vessels in your eyes are leaking. Anti-angiogenesis drugs can prevent new blood vessels from forming and old ones from leaking in your eyes. Laser therapy, low vision aids, retinal translocation, and submacular surgery are also options.

Eye Doctor in Redding, CA

Make an appointment as soon as you can, so we can start treating you for macular degeneration. You can visit us at Redding Eye care Center, 841 Hartnell Ave Suite B, Redding, CA 96002. You can also set up an appointment with us over the phone at (530) 222-1233. We look forward to hearing from you.