MACULAR DEGENERATION

Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration Treatment Throughout Durham, NC, Chapel Hill, NC & Raleigh, NC

Macular degeneration affects more than 10 million Americans making it one of the leading causes of vision loss. This condition is the result of damage to or the breakdown of the macula. The macula is a small area at the back of the eye that allows you to see fine details clearly.

Symptoms of macular degeneration may include blurriness, distortions, small blind spots, or darkness in the center of your field of vision, affecting vision at both, near and far distances. Macular degeneration is most often the result of the body’s natural aging process.

Macular Degeneration Durham, NC

Types of Macular Degeneration

Atrophic Macular Degeneration
Approximately 85% to 90% of individuals that suffer from macular degeneration suffer from Atrophic or dry macular degeneration. This form of macular degeneration has three phases. In the early phase, the patient has several small or a few medium-sized drusen. In the intermediate phase, there are either many medium or one or more large drusen. In the advanced phase, there are a large number of drusen, RPE cells and supporting tissue in the retina begin to breakdown. A large blurry spot occurs in the center of the visual field that can increase and cause complete vision loss.
Neovascular or Exudative (wet)
Considered advanced macular degeneration, Neovascular macular degeneration affects approximately 10% of the population. New abnormal blood vessels grow toward the macula under the retina. This causes damage to the macula lifting it up and pulling it away from its base.

Schedule a Regular Appointment at our Durham, NC office

Because many people may not realize they have a problem until blurred vision becomes obvious, it is important to see your ophthalmologist regularly to facilitate early detection.

Keep your eyes healthy by trusting your vision care to the Eye Institute of NC PC. Our doctors and staff are dedicated to ensuring you have the best eyesight possible. Our comfortable environment and state-of-the-art technology are crucial to providing you excellent care.

Schedule your macular degeneration appointment at the Eye Institute of NC PC today!
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