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One of the conditions our Oklahoma City ophthalmologists will make a point of checking for in the frequent eye exams you should schedule as you get older is age-related macular degeneration, or ARMD. This is a common condition that affects many Oklahoma City residents and can greatly harm your central vision.
Our ophthalmologists are skilled and experienced at detecting this condition. And once we find it, we can discuss your treatment options with you to make sure you get exactly what you need.
If you live in the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma area and you’re looking for an experienced ophthalmologist, please call Hummel Eye Associates today at 405-546-3636.
The Structure of Your Eye and Your Macula
Your eyes have several important components, and each one must work properly for you to have clear vision. The retina, which is located at the back of your eye, turns light into electrical signals and transmits them to the brain, which turns those signals into images.
The macula, which is a part of your retina, controls your central vision. When the cells that make up your macula start to break down, so does your central vision. While ARMD does not lead to complete blindness, it can have a dramatically negative effect on your vision.
Symptoms of ARMD
There are two forms of age-related macular degeneration that ophthalmologists have identified. Those are:
- Dry: In dry ARMD, which is by far the most common form of the condition, the cells of the macula break down, creating a blurry spot in the center of your vision. Dry ARMD is usually a gradual process, though it can come on suddenly.
- Wet: A more severe form of ARMD, this occurs when blood vessels start forming behind your macula. These vessels can leak blood and fluid and damage your retina.
Because ARMD is usually a gradually developing condition, symptoms are often subtle and hard to notice. That makes it crucial that you come to our ophthalmologists for regularly scheduled eye exams.
You should be on the lookout for:
- Difficulty seeing at low light levels.
- Blurriness in the center of your vision
- Difficulty recognizing faces
ARMD Treatment Options
Age-related macular degeneration can’t be reversed, but its progress can be slowed and your quality of life largely maintained. The condition progresses slowly, and if our ophthalmologists catch it early we can take steps to help you.
Treatment options include:
- A vitamin regimen can slow the progression of dry ARMD
- Lifestyle changes such as giving up smoking or exercising more
- The surgical implantation of a telescopic lens in your eye
- The injection of certain drugs can help with wet ARMD
- Laser therapy to destroy new blood cells in your macula
- Lifestyle changes
Our ophthalmologists will discuss all your options with care and compassion. You can trust us to give you the best possible treatment for your ARMD.
If you’re an Oklahoma City-area resident and you want to learn more about slowing the progression of age-related macular degeneration, our ophthalmologists can help. Please contact Hummel Eye Associates today.