With over 10 million cases across the United States according to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation, the condition known as macular degeneration is very common. It’s also very serious, with potential for permanent loss of vision.
If you believe you may have this condition or know someone who does, come see our Hasbrouck Heights eye doctor for vision care today.
What Is Macular Degeneration?
With this condition, the macula, which is part of the retina, starts to break down. The macula allows us to focus on details, see colors and faces, drive safely, and read. When the macula breaks down, then, these abilities are the first to go.
You may have wet or dry macular degeneration. The wet kind occurs when blood vessels become overfull and spill out. The dry kind occurs when the macula shrinks, leading to blurry vision.
If the condition is caused by age, it will progress slowly over the course of three stages. The earlier it’s caught, the better chances of an eye doctor preserving vision.
Those who smoke cigarettes, are Caucasian, and have relatives with this condition should be aware they may get macular degeneration at some point in their lives.
How Can a Wood-Ridge Optometrist Treat Macular Degeneration?
This eye condition has no cure. That said, it is possible to reduce the speed of macular degeneration so total vision loss doesn’t occur. Your Wood-Ridge optometrist will first run some tests to confirm the condition.
After that, they will recommend quitting smoking, getting more exercise, and altering your diet to preserve vision. You should visit with your eye doctor periodically to see if you need to do anything further.
Contact Your Optometrist in Hasbrouck Heights
Are you looking for a Hasbrouck Heights eye doctor for eye care? Contact us at Heights Eye Center, your optometrist in Hasbrouck Heights.
We offer many eyecare services, from frame and contact fittings to emergency services, sports vision treatment, computer vision treatment, Ortho-K specialty contacts, treatment for dizziness and headaches, hard-to-fit contacts, and eye and vision exams.
To learn more about our services or schedule an appointment today, please call us at 201-288-1109. You can also visit us at Heights Eye Center on 227 ½ Boulevard.