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Macular Degeneration
Macular Degeneration care at Eye Associates of Fort Myers and Naples

Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) is a common eye disease associated with aging that gradually destroys sharp, central vision. It is one of the leading causes of legal blindness and vision impairment in older Americans.

The progression of ARMD can be slow or rapid but the deterioration of the central vision generally occurs over a period of a few years. If you experience straight lines appearing wavy, difficulty seeing at a distance, decreased ability to distinguish colors, inability to see details, dark or empty spots in your vision, call your doctor right away. These are early signs of macular degeneration and need to be treated right away.

Although the exact cause of macular degeneration is unknown several studies have if you are over the age of 50, have hypertension, smoke, or have a family history of age related macular degeneration, you are at a higher risk for developing macular degeneration.

There are two forms of macular degeneration, “wet” and dry”. “Wet” macular degeneration is aa more rare, but more severe form. Treatment may include injections. Injections are used to reduce the risk of moderate to severe vision loss in patients with a few very specific forms of “wet” macular degeneration. Other experimental treatments that are being investigated such as the insertion of a “retinal chip” to restore vision loss.

“Dry” form of ARMD is the most common form of macular degeneration. Studies have found that high levels of zinc and antioxidants play a key role in slowing the progression of macular degeneration.

Early detection and treatment is the best defense against losing your vision. If you are at risk for macular degeneration, see your eye doctor for a complete eye exam at least year. If your vision has been reduced, low vision rehabilitation can help you maintain quality of life.

Fort Myers Location
4225 Evans Avenue
Fort Myers, Florida 33901
Hours: M-F 8am - 5pm

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(239) 936-7685

Naples Location
7955 Airport Pulling Rd N Suite 104
Naples, Florida 34109
Hours: M-F 8am-5pm

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