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).
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.
If you notice any of the following symptoms, notify your ophthalmologist at South Shore Eye Care right away:
These symptoms should not wait until your annual eye examination; instead, contact South Shore Eye Care right away for an appointment.
There is no cure, but there are several treatments available that can slow or stop the progression of the disease, including:
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.
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.