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Changes to your vision can develop when you have a condition like age-related macular degeneration (AMD). By recognizing the signs of AMD and taking measures to address reduced vision with the help from eye doctors in Long Grove, you can slow the progression of the condition and keep your eyes healthy.
Macular degeneration is the deterioration of the macula, which is the central portion of the retina in your eyes. This portion of your eyes collects information which is sent to the brain through the optic nerves. When the macular is not working correctly, information cannot be collected or transferred, resulting in vision loss. In many cases, the condition develops as part of natural aging. Vision problems from aging are not always related to macular degeneration, so you want to work with optometrists in Long Grove to determine the risks to your eyes.
Diagnosis of macular degeneration can only be made by an eye doctor during a comprehensive exam. Tiny deposits appear on the retina, providing evidence the disease exists. Often at the earliest stage, patients notice no actual symptoms or vision loss. For this reason, it’s a priority to have annual eye exams so our optometrists can identify physical changes in your eye health and to discuss any symptoms or changes you notice with your vision. When our eye doctors in Long Grove identify you having possible risk factors, we also offer a test that measures retinal pigment. Low levels of retinal pigment are an early indicator of high risk for developing AMD. Special supplements can be taken to increase pigment levels and lower your risk for disease development.
We have a strong focus on prevention and lowering your risk of developing this disease. We do so because there is currently no cure for macular degeneration. Once diagnosed, a treatment plan can slow the progression of the condition. Slowing the progression reduces your risk for blindness. We recommend early treatment to keep your eyes healthy and maintain your vision for as long as possible.
If you notice sudden pain in your eyes or a sudden loss of vision, you want to seek immediate treatment from our optometrists in Long Grove IL. Identifying risk factors and early intervention can limit the risk of further complications and slow the progression of reduced vision. The treatments will depend on each patient’s situation but may range from preventative lifestyle changes to taking supplements to surgical procedures for advanced stages of the disease.
Being diagnosed with AMD raises concerns about your long-term vision and eye health. Early treatment plays a key role in protecting your vision. Seek professional care when you notice any vision changes. To learn more about macular degeneration, purchasing supplements from our office or to set up an appointment, contact us at (847) 955-9393 today.
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