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Posted on 08-17-2017

What is Macular Degeneration?

Macular degeneration is a vision problem caused by aging. In the early stages, you may not notice any change in your vision, but over time, the disease will cause reduced vision without treatment.

photo of lady with macular degeneration

Our ophthalmologists in Shreveport diagnose and treat age-related macular degeneration (AMD) with an eye care exam so that you can continue to see clearly.

Age Related Macular Degeneration

Age related macular degeneration most commonly occurs in individuals who are over the age of 60, but individuals with a family history of the eye disease may be at an increased risk. If you are at an increased risk, our eye doctors in Shreveport recommend scheduling an eye exam.

Dry AMD is indicated by the presence of drusen, which are yellow deposits on the macula and grow over time. As they grow, it can lead to a thinning of the macula and a noticeable reduction in visual acuity.

Wet AMD is considered the advanced form of the disease and indicates that there are abnormal blood vessels in the macula, which are bulging, leaking and reducing your visual acuity.

Macular Degeneration Treatments in Shreveport

Our macular degeneration treatments in Shreveport depend on the type of macular degeneration and the patient’s degree of reduced vision.

If our doctors determine you have dry macular degeneration, we may recommend certain nutritional supplements to help slow the progression of the eye disease and corrective lenses.

If you have wet macular degeneration and poor vision, we may recommend eye injections to stop the growth of abnormal blood vessels, laser treatment to stop blood vessel leakage or laser surgery to destroy the abnormal blood vessels.

Seeking Macular Degeneration Treatment from a Local Ophthalmologists in Shreveport?

To schedule an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam with our ophthalmologists that includes tests for age related macular degeneration, contact us at 318-861-4009.

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