Macular degeneration is the leading cause of sight loss in seniors. Macular degeneration causes distortion or loss of central vision. The reason for this is that the macula is the focal point of light in your eye, and thus is responsible for your ability to see the details of the world. The incidence of macular degeneration increases with age. Currently 1.75 million people in the United States have macular degeneration and that number is expected to grow to 2.95 million by 2020 due to the overall aging of our population.
Below are a list of risk factors for developing macular degeneration:
- Female gender
- Light complexion
- Genetic predisposition or family history of macular degeneration
- Use of tobacco products
- High cholesterol
- Early menopause
- Poor diet
- Low macular pigment optical density score
We offer the following services for the detection and management of macular degeneration:
- Retinal imaging
- Stereoscopic slit lamp examination
- Optical coherence tomography
- Genetic testing with nutritional correlation
- Nutritional advice
- Nerve tissue conduction studies (ERG)
- Relationships with the best surgeons for advanced cases
Please call our office if you would like more information about the services we offer.
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