Macular Degeneration in Seattle, WA

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Macular degeneration occurs after the age of 60 when the macula can begin to deteriorate. The macula is the central area of the retina responsible for our central vision. Central vision is needed for activities, such as reading, driving, and seeing fine details. There are two types of macular degeneration, dry and wet, and together, they are one of the major causes of vision impairment and blindness among the elderly. People with macular degeneration have impaired central vision but typically have enough peripheral vision to be able to perform daily functions.

There is no cure for either macular degeneration, but there are innovative and advanced treatments for wet macular degeneration that have the potential to delay or stop its progression. At SPEX, we are trained in these treatments and can help you regain some of your lost vision or maintain your remaining functional vision. Schedule an exam with Dr. Scott Campbell at our Seattle, WA facility to find out which treatment is best for your macular degeneration.

Dry macular degeneration is the growth of tiny clumps of protein within the macula that can block, blur, or distort vision. Wet macular degeneration is the result of abnormal blood vessels that grow underneath the retina and then leak blood or fluid. Scientists have not been able to determine the exact cause of macular degeneration; however, there are some associated risk factors. The most predominant risk factors that have been linked to the disease are genetics, smoking, and being over the age of 60. Other important associated traits and conditions include fair skin and light eyes, obesity, being female, and having high cholesterol or high blood pressure.

There is no treatment currently available for the dry type of the disease. However, our team at SPEX can recommend many different types of low vision aids and therapies to help you continue to live an independent, full life.

For the wet type of macular degeneration, our highly skilled optometrists can administer anti-VEGF injections to prevent or slow the growth of abnormal blood vessels. These injections include the medications EYLEA®, LUCENTIS®, and Avastin®. If macular degeneration is detected early enough, these injections are the ideal treatment method. If the condition has progressed to a later stage, laser surgery can be performed to cauterize the blood vessels to keep them from bleeding or leaking into the retina.

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Seeking the right eye care to protect your eyes from diseases, like macular degeneration, helps reduce the chance of permanent loss of vision. Our SPEX team offers diagnostic services and treatment options for macular degeneration. If you suspect you or a loved one have symptoms of macular degeneration, don't delay. Call Dr. Scott Campbell for a consultation at his Seattle, WA location.

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