Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration Specialist
If you’re like most Americans, you treasure your eyesight, perhaps even more than other important abilities. South Shore Eye Care in Wantagh and Massapequa, New York, knows how quickly macular degeneration can steal this precious commodity from you. That’s why the doctors and staff are proactive, working diligently to detect eye disease before signs and symptoms are present, and aggressive in stopping the progression of the disease as soon as possible. South Shore Eye Care accepts new patients as well as patients looking for a second opinion or more effective treatment.

Macular Degeneration Q & A

What is Macular Degeneration?

Macular degeneration is an eye disease that causes the macula (part of the retina at the back of the eye) to deteriorate. The most common form of macular degeneration is age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Does AMD Affect Both Eyes?

While many patients are diagnosed with AMD in one eye, they often develop AMD in the other eye, too. While the disease doesn’t spread, if you’re at risk for AMD in one eye, then you’re also at risk of developing it in the other eye.

What are the Signs and Symptoms of AMD?

If you notice any of the following symptoms, notify your ophthalmologist at South Shore Eye Care right away:

  • You need more light to read than you have in the past.
  • Your central vision is blurry but images around the blurry spot are clear.
  • The blurry spot becomes larger or darker over time.
  • Straight lines appear irregular or wavy.
  • Your straight-ahead vision has diminished.

These symptoms should not wait until your annual eye examination; instead, contact South Shore Eye Care right away for an appointment.

Is There a Cure for AMD?

There is no cure, but there are several treatments available that can slow or stop the progression of the disease, including:

  • Injectable medications
  • Laser surgery
  • Photodynamic therapy

Are Injections Painful?

To make patients as comfortable as possible, the doctors at South Shore Eye Care numb the eye using anesthetic drops before injections are administered. Despite this, the injections can still be uncomfortable or even painful. When the injections are successful, most patients choose to continue to receive them to preserve their eyesight because the benefits outweigh the discomfort.

Many patients experience anxiety before their first few injection appointments; learning as much as possible about what to expect might assist in alleviating anxiety. Ongoing research is being conducted to find less invasive treatments for macular degeneration, but no other treatment is FDA-approved at this time.

What is AREDS2?

AREDS2 refers to a clinical trial conducted to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a nutritional supplement in slowing the progression of AMD. AREDS2 is not proved to make a difference during early AMD but can slow the progression of intermediate and advanced AMD.

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