Age-Related Macular Degeneration Evaluations

What is Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD)?

Macular Degeneration is an eye disease that occurs in the structure called the retina. The part of the retina responsible for our central vision is called the macula, and this becomes damaged by macular degeneration. In this disease, our central vision is most affected, and oftentimes the peripheral vision remains undamaged even in the most severe cases. It is a very common problem and is a leading cause of blurred vision. 

What is the difference between dry and wet macular degeneration?

Dry Age Related Macular Degeneration is by far the most common type of macular degeneration, and progresses more slowly. There are no treatments to cure this condition, but research has shown that a specific combination of vitamins and minerals taken daily may help slow the progression of the disease. You should ask Dr. Szeles for recommendations regarding these supplements. 

Wet Age Related Macular Degeneration is much less common but tends to have worse visual prognosis. With this condition, the scarring of the macula leads to new abnormal blood vessel growth. These weak blood vessels tend to leak blood and fluid, causing vision deterioration. There are in-office treatments provided by retina specialists that target these abnormal blood vessels. Dr. Szeles will be able to diagnose this condition promptly and make any necessary referrals in order to initiate treatment for this condition.