Macular Degeneration Specialist

Eye Care Solutions

Vishal Patel, OD

Optometrist located in Milton, GA

If your vision is blurry or wavy, macular degeneration may be to blame. Experienced optometrist Dr. Vishal Patel tests for, diagnoses, and treats macular degeneration and other eye disorders at Eye Care Solutions in Milton, Georgia. If vision problems are getting the best of you, call Dr. Patel’s office to book an appointment, or schedule one online today.

Macular Degeneration Q & A

What is macular degeneration?

Macular degeneration, also known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), is a leading cause of vision loss in Americans ages 60 and older. This eye condition causes macula cells in your eye to die off, affecting your ability to see fine details.

There are two types of AMD: dry and wet.

Dry AMD accounts for 80% to 90% of cases and happens when the macula get thinner. Small clumps of protein begin to grow within the eye as well.

Wet AMD is more dangerous, and occurs when abnormal blood vessels grow under the retina. This condition often leads to bleeding and scarring in the macula.

Symptoms of macular degeneration are:

  • Blurred vision
  • Wavy vision
  • Straight lines appear crooked
  • Severe visual impairment in advanced stages

There are typically no symptoms in the early stages of AMD, which is why routine eye exams are so important.

How is AMD diagnosed and treated?

Even though you may not notice symptoms in the early stages of AMD, Dr. Patel can diagnose it using a variety of tests. He uses digital retinal imaging to take pictures of your eyes, and optical coherence tomography (OCT) scans to view cross-sectional images of your retina and macula.

There is currently no cure for AMD, but proper treatment can slow vision loss. Treatment for wet AMD might involve taking certain medications or laser surgery. If you have dry AMD, Dr. Patel may recommend nutritional supplements, changing up your diet, avoiding tobacco smoke, and protecting your eyes from UV light.

Am I at risk for AMD?

Specific groups of people are more at risk of getting AMD than others. While you may not be able to avoid risk factors such as heredity, being older than 50, and being Caucasian, some AMD risk factors are preventable. Those include:

  • Having high cholesterol or heart disease
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Eating a diet high in saturated fat
  • Being overweight

When you’re ready to schedule an eye exam to catch AMD early and go over treatment options, call Eye Care Solutions in Milton, Georgia, today, or book an appointment online with Dr. Patel.