Macular Degeneration Treatment

March 1, 2019 — by Thomas Byrd, MD
Tags: Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration diagramAge-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading causes of vision loss in America, affecting more than 10 million people. The condition involves the degeneration of the macula, which is the central portion of the retina. This leads to issues with central vision that can affect reading, driving, and recognizing faces. When diagnosing and treating macular degeneration, Dr. Thomas Byrd works to slow the rate of vision loss as soon as possible.

Our trained team of Detroit, MI vision preservation experts and eye care specialists would like to consider what treatments are our there to address AMD. We can discuss your concerns in greater detail when you schedule a consultation at Byrd Eye Clinic.

Can Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Be Cured?

Unfortunately, AMD cannot be cured, but it can be managed. Regular treatments and care for the eyes can slow down the progress of AMD, and help preserve your vision for as long as possible.

With that in mind, let’s consider some of the most common treatment options.

Vitamins and Minerals

Certain vitamins and minerals have proven beneficial in managing AMD. These include:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Beta-carotene
  • Copper
  • Zinc

Taking supplements is helpful for managing AMD, though eye care specialists may also recommend patients alter their diet to improve the natural intake of the above vitamins and minerals.

Anti-Angiogenic Drugs

Anti-angiogenic drugs administered via injection will help prevent the formation of abnormal blood vessels in the eye. This is an ideal treatment for wet AMD, the less common form of AMD.

Low Vision Aids

Various magnification devices and vision assistance lenses can help improve your ability to see fine details while reading and going about your day. While these low vision aids will not address AMD directly, they can help make daily life easier for you.

Laser Therapy

If you suffer from wet AMD, laser therapy may be an option to consider. Using safe laser technology, an eye surgeon can target and eliminate abnormal blood vessels in the retina.

Photodynamic Laser Therapy

Another option for treating abnormal blood vessels is photodynamic laser therapy. This treatment involves injecting a drug into the bloodstream that is absorbed by abnormal blood vessels in the eyes. A laser light is shined into the eyes, activating the drug and destroying the abnormal blood vessels in the process.

Experimental Surgeries for AMD

New developments in eye care and vision restoration have led new surgeries to be developed to address AMD. These experimental procedures include:

  • Submuscular Surgery - This surgical procedure allows eye surgeons to remove blood vessels, accumulations of blood, and scar tissue that may contribute to your AMD.
  • Retinal Translocation - This procedure involves rotating the macular away from abnormal blood vessels and then eliminating those blood vessels with a laser.

Tips for Preventing Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

In order to prevent age-related macular degeneration from developing, consider the following tips for good eye health and vision wellness:

  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet rich in fresh vegetables and fruits
  • Exercise regularly to remain active
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Do not smoke or use tobacco products
  • Wear sunglasses outdoors to protect your eyes
  • Get your eyes examined regularly

Learn More About Advanced Eye Care

To learn more about treating macular degeneration and preserving your vision, be sure to contact an experienced eye doctor and vision correction specialist. The team at Byrd Eye Clinic is here to offer advice and insight. You can reach our office by phone at (313) 383-1300.

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