Macular Degeneration (Photodynamic Therapy) in Chesterfield, MO

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What is macular degeneration?

Macular degeneration is a progressive eye disease where central vision loss occurs as a result of damage to the macula on the inside of the eye. This damage is typically caused by aging and may be referred to as age-related macular degeneration (AMD). However, other risk factors include smoking, high blood pressure, obesity, family history of the disease, and a high saturated-fat diet. Early stages of macular degeneration often display no initial warning signs or symptoms, which is why regular comprehensive eye exams with a trained vision professional are important for maintaining your eye health. At West County Ophthalmology, we offer diagnostic tests that help identify macular degeneration, as well as treatments that help manage and slow the progression of the disease, such as photodynamic therapy. To learn more about treating and managing macular degeneration in Chesterfield or O'Fallon, MO, please contact one of our centers.

How is macular degeneration treated?

At West County Ophthalmology, we often treat macular degeneration with photodynamic therapy. While photodynamic therapy is not able to restore vision already lost due to macular degeneration, it can slow the progression of the illness and help continue to preserve central vision. At this time, photodynamic therapy can only treat wet macular degeneration, which is where the damage to the macula is caused by abnormal blood vessels growing in the back of the eye. During photodynamic therapy, a light-sensitive medicine is injected and anesthetic drops will be used to numb your eyes. Your ophthalmologist will place a special lens over your eye and focus a laser on the abnormal blood vessels below your macula, causing clots to form in order to reduce the number of vessels. This will slow the leaking. You will require several follow-up procedures to check on your healing progress.

Seek treatment for central vision preservation

While macular degeneration often does not present early symptoms, regular comprehensive eye exams can help identify this disease early on. Early detection of macular degeneration may mean that more treatment options are available to help preserve your central vision. If you are in need of a regular check-up on your eye health or meet any of the risk factors for macular degeneration, contact one of our centers in Chesterfield or O'Fallon, MO to schedule a comprehensive exam. 

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