Macular Degeneration Opticians Bishopbriggs

Macular Degeneration is an age related condition that mostly affects people who are over 50, and it is often called age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). The condition affects the central part of the retina, an area that is called the macula. It is the most common cause of loss of vision on older people. There are two forms of Macular Degeneration; these are 'wet MD' and 'dry MD'.

Rapid diagnosis is critical. If you notice a sudden change in your vision go without delay to your optometrist (optician) who should refer you direct to a retinal specialist.

Dry Macular Degeneration Bishopbriggs

Dry Macular Degeneration is much more common than wet Macular Degeneration. It is caused by a slow breakdown of cells in the macula and symptoms develop slowly and worsen over time.

For Dry Macular Degeneration change will be more gradual and a patient should receive an ophthalmic assessment within 3 months.

Wet Macular Degeneration Bishopbriggs

Wet Macular Degeneration is much less common than dry Macular Degeneration. It is caused by abnormal blood vessels in the retina which leak fluid and cause vision to become distorted. The condition can develop very quickly and it can cause rapid and irreversible loss of vision.

For suspected Wet Macular Degeneration, a patient will be referred to a retinal clinic by their optician.

Macular Degeneration Symptoms

The symptoms of dry Macular Degeneration and wet Macular Degeneration are similar, except that in the case of dry Macular Degeneration symptoms tend to develop slowly, while in wet MD symptoms appear rapidly. Any of the following symptoms could be an indication that you are developing Macular Degeneration:

  • Distortion of angles and straight lines
  • Centre of your vision developing an almost opaque spot
  • Objects appearing to be the wrong shape, size or colour
  • Objects moving or disappearing

Treatment for Dry Macular Degeneration Bishopbriggs

Although it isn’t possible to reverse the symptoms of dry MD, they can be slowed down by changes to diet and lifestyle. It is important to have regular ophthalmic assessments of how the condition is progressing.

Treatment for Wet Macular Degeneration Bishopbriggs

Wet MD can result in complete loss of central vision if left untreated, however there are a number of possible treatments.

Risk Factors

There are a number of things that will increase your risk of developing MD. These include: smoking; high blood pressure; excessive exposure to UV (for instance sunlight). Genetic factors include family history and eye colour, with blue eyes being more susceptible than brown.

Find out more

To find out more information about Macular Degeneration please visit the website below:

Macular Degeneration Society

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