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Treating Macular Degeneration

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Untreated macular degeneration is one of the leading causes of blindness in those over 65 years old.

Macular degeneration can affect many in our population; however, those of us over the age of 60 years of age are at most risk.  Our practice offers numerous testing to detect the risk and or diagnosis of macular degeneration (MPOD)

Testing in our office includes visual acuity, dilated eye exam, threshold visual fields, Ocular coherence testing (OCT), Optos auto-fluorescence evaluation, color vision and the newest technology; the Macular pigment ocular density.  Most tests are included in our routine exam.  Some tests are billable to your insurance and the MPOD is no charge.

Through the knowledge gained from the previous testing we can be sure to access your risk of developing macular degeneration and the best management of the disease for you. Do not trust the future of your vision to just anyone.

While researchers have not yet discovered a cure for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), there are treatment options which prevent the disease from progressing to blindness, and in some cases, they can even improve vision. It’s important to have an open discussion with your eye doctor about the risks and limitations of AMD treatments.

Types of Macular Degeneration:

There are 2 basic types of AMD, the wet form and the dry form.

  • Dry macular degeneration is considered the less aggressive form of AMD. It typically progresses much more slowly, and the level of eyesight damage is less severe. Dry AMD is detected during routine eye exams, which is why it’s important to have yearly testing. Treating Dry AMD often involves high doses of zinc and antioxidants which have been shown to slow diseases progression.
  • Wet macular degeneration is the more severe form of AMD. It occurs when there is abnormal blood vessel growth (angiogenesis), and leakage, which can cause scar tissue to develop. Treatments include laser surgery, injecting light sensitive dyes, or AMD medication injected directly into the eye to inhibit angiogenesis.

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AMD is an age related eye disease that runs in families, and is a leading cause of blindness in our aging population. There is no cure for this ocular disease, and AMD related vision loss is cannot usually be recovered. There are treatments, and preventative measures that can be taken, if detected early, so routine eye exams are essential.

Read more about macular degeneration symptoms and treatment.
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Dr Figler has enjoyed the many years of seeing patients at Family EyeCare Clinic and Kane and Figler Optometry and appreciated their confidence in his skills. The growth of his own practice in Slavic Village requires more of his attention located at 7211 Broadway Ave Cleveland, OH or call 216-641-0055 or visit his website broadwayoptical.net. We wish him the best of luck from the Family EyeCare Clinic.

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