At The Retina Group of Washington, our retina doctor in Bowie specializes in all forms of retinal therapies and treatments. We are at the cutting edge of technology when it comes to retinal treatments. Retinal treatment for retinal diseases is a leading technology in the field of eye care today. Macular degeneration is one such retinal disease. Macular degeneration can strike anyone, but mostly patients over the age of 55 who have a higher risk for macular degeneration. It must be treated before it gets worse.
Macular degeneration affects central vision, which is used for reading or driving. If not treated by our retina doctor in Bowie, macular degeneration may cause vision loss and even blindness. Macular Degeneration deteriorates the central portion of the retina, which is the inside back layer of the eye that records the images we see. The retina’s central portion is known as the macula. It is responsible for focusing central vision in the eye, and it controls our ability to read, drive and see objects in fine detail.
There are different types of macular degeneration, such as age related macular degeneration, or AMD, and dry AMD. Other conditions, like retinal detachment, require specialists at one of our facilities to treat them. It is the leading cause of vision loss, affecting more than 10 million Americans. That’s more than cataracts and glaucoma combined.
The biggest risk factor for macular degeneration is age. The risk for macular degeneration increases as people age. Other risk factors include smoking, race and genetics. Those with a family history are more likely to get age related macular degeneration, or AMD, and those who are Caucasian are more at risk for developing the disease than other races. As of right now there is no known cure for macular degeneration. Quitting smoking, exercising and eat a healthy diet can all prevent AMD. Our retina doctor in Bowie recommends keeping up a healthy lifestyle to help combat the effects of AMD.