Macular Degeneration From Your Columbia Optometrist
An important part of our optometry practice is ensuring eye health throughout our patients’ lives. During your eye exams, your Columbia optometrist will provide a thorough inspection of the structures within the eyes to detect the small changes that can indicate the beginnings of eye diseases such as macular degeneration. Dr. Dorothy Park & Associates can provide the early treatment for these problems, to prevent vision loss that can occur.
Understanding Macular Degeneration
The “macula” is a part of the eye that is located in the center of the retina at the back of the eye. This area is filled with light-sensitive cells that help to focus images in the central field of vision. Age, heredity, smoking, high blood pressure and high cholesterol can cause these cells to deteriorate, causing a progressive loss of vision. In the early stages, individuals may not notice any symptoms, but as macular degeneration progresses, they may notice a blurry, dimmer portion in the center of the eyes that gets progressively larger and darker. The condition can lead to vision loss if not treated. Macular degeneration is generally an age-related condition, but in some cases, it can occur in younger people.
Treatment for Macular Degeneration
Although there is no cure for macular degeneration, early treatment can be critical for slowing the progress of the resulting vision loss. Eye experts recognize two forms of macular degeneration, the “wet” form, and the “dry” form. The “dry” form is more common and is generally treated with vitamin C and E supplements, as well as with compounds such as lutein and zeaxanthin. The “wet” form involves potential leaking from blood vessels and is usually treated with medications, laser therapy or surgery.
Make Dr. Dorothy Park & Associates Your Columbia Optometrist
Dr. Dorothy Park employs her comprehensive knowledge and 25 years of eye care experience to provide superior vision services for her patients in Columbia, SC and surrounding communities. We are proud to offer a range of vision care services, including examinations, eyeglass and contact lens fitting, dry eye treatment, pediatric eye care and pre- and post-surgery consultation and care. Individualized attention and professional care are our hallmarks.
We are also available for eye care emergencies and after hours care. Call Dr. Dorothy Park & Associates today at 803-254-6306 for an appointment to have your eyes checked for macular degeneration and other diseases that can threaten your vision.