About Macular Degeneration
Macular degeneration is one of the leading causes of vision loss and blindness in individuals 60 years of age and older. The condition occurs when the center of the retina, called the macula, begins to deteriorate. This can cause a loss of central vision, which is needed for tasks, such as driving and reading. There is no known cure for macular degeneration at this time, but our skilled vision professionals at Eye Health Vision Centers are experienced in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of the condition.
If you suspect you are suffering from macular degeneration, schedule a comprehensive eye exam right away. Our teams at our Middletown, RI and Fairhaven, Fall River, Taunton, and Dartmouth, MA offices are extensively trained in detecting and diagnosing macular degeneration. Using innovative diagnostic techniques and cutting-edge treatments, we can help slow the progression of the disease and help you live your life to the fullest.
Macular Degeneration Reviews
"Great service! - I have been coming to Dr. Westerfeld for almost 10 years for my macular degeneration. He has always taken great care of me and has helped me to keep my vision for all of these years. Thank you to Dr. Westerfeld and his terrific staff!"- Anonymous / Vitals / Feb 08, 2019
"I have been coming here (Fairhaven office) for 20 years, since we moved back to town in 2020. The office staff are very helpful and thorough, and Dr. Ronald Mastrolia is very professional and engaging, and I always learn new things when I speak with him. I had concerns about macular degeneration (tested positive on both sides via 23 &Me DNA test), and he spent time discussing this with me. I felt so much better after my eye exam. I've never had a negative experience here. All the staff were also very accommodating and patient with my son who has significant mental health issues."- B.B. / Yelp / Jan 08, 2020
"Dr.Westerfeld has been treating me for macular degeneration for quite some time now and I am very happy with his quality care and caring manor. He also has an extremely caring and knowlegeable assistant in Kelley Aguiar."- S.J. / Healthgrades / Feb 20, 2020
Macular Degeneration Symptoms
There are two forms of macular degeneration – wet and dry – and both are generally considered age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The symptoms a patient experiences depends on the type and progression of the disease. Most patients have dry macular degeneration, which is incurable. However, due to the advanced techniques and personalized treatment approach utilized by the specialists at Eye Health Vision Centers, we can help you manage your symptoms and delay the progression of the disease. When present, symptoms can include:
- Blurred vision
- The illusion that straight lines are wavy
- A gray, dark, or empty spot in your vision field
- Seeing objects as smaller than they actually are
Macular Degeneration Causes
While the exact cause of macular degeneration is unknown, there are some risk factors that are believed to be linked to the disease. These include age (over 60), smoking, and genetics. The onset of the disease is very slow in most cases with vision loss and distortion only beginning in the more advanced stage. Early diagnosis and routine eye exams are key to preventing a loss of vision. Additional risk factors for the conditions include:
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Fair skin
- Light colored eyes
- Gender (Female)
Macular Degeneration Treatment Options
The treatment that will best treat your macular degeneration will be determined after an eye exam and a consultation with a member of our team. Injections, like Avastin, Lucentis, and Eyelea, effectively shrink the abnormal blood vessels in the eye, improving the central vision. These medications are typically our first line of defense when the disease is diagnosed. For more progressive stages, our ophthalmologist can perform Argon laser surgery to cauterize the vessels and prevent them from causing further damage.
Seek Help Today
Being diagnosed with macular degeneration may be intimidating, but with the help of a skilled team, your symptoms can be managed and the progression of the condition slowed. At Eye Health Vision Centers, we provide comprehensive diagnostic testing and use our experience with macular degeneration to create a tailored treatment plan that will help you take a stand against vision loss. Schedule an appointment today at one of our greater South Coast-area facilities to learn more.