Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration

Dr. Dean S. Steinberger, O.D. & Associates

Optometrists located in Westlake Village, CA

If your vision seems blurry, or you’re suffering from frequent headaches, these may be warning signs of glaucoma — a serious, but treatable condition. The optometrists at Dr. Dean S. Steinberger, OD & Associates in Westlake Village, California, are skilled in glaucoma care, and their concierge services ensure you receive the treatment you need right when you need it. Call the office or schedule a consultation online today.

Macular Degeneration Q & A

What is Macular Degeneration?

Macular degeneration is a leading cause for vision loss in people age 50 and older. Age-related macular degeneration occurs when a part of your retina, called the macula, is damaged. Over time, you lose your vision and can’t see fine details, even when you look closely.

Macular degeneration comes in two forms: wet and dry. Most people have the dry form, which causes you to slowly lose your central vision. The wet version is more serious. It happens when abnormal blood vessels grow and scar your macula, causing what you see to look very blurry.

What are the symptoms of macular degeneration?

The signs of macular degeneration frequently don’t appear until the condition has progressed enough to affect your eyesight. Typical symptoms include:

  • Blurry or fuzzy vision
  • Straight lines look wavy
  • Objects you see seem smaller than they actually are
  • Dark, empty, or gray areas appear in your vision

 

Another sign of macular degeneration is when colors sometimes look more pale than usual.

How is macular degeneration diagnosed?

Your optometrist at Dr. Dean S. Steinberger, O.D. & Associates performs a complete eye examination, using the most advanced technology to assess your eye health and catch the condition before it progresses any further.

Some of the diagnostic devices your optometrist may use include:

 

  • Digital retinal photography – Detects diseases in the sensitive tissue in your eye
  • Retinal scanner – Creates high-resolution three-dimensional images to show damage on your macula
  • Digital slit lamp imaging – Captures high-quality images of your eye

You may also need a fluorescein angiography. In this test, yellow dye is injected into a vein, then a special camera takes photos of your retina as the dye travels through the blood vessels in your retina.

How is macular degeneration treated?

Although there’s no treatment for dry macular degeneration, you may be able to keep it at bay with vitamin C, vitamin E, lutein, zeaxanthin, zinc, and copper. Talk to your optometrist at Dr. Dean S. Steinberger, O.D. & Associates before taking supplements.

For wet macular degeneration, medications can curtail the growth of abnormal blood vessels on your retina and prevent leaks that harm your vision. Laser light surgery may also reduce the number of blood vessels and stop leaks.

If you’ve noticed your vision is blurry, call the  Westlake Village, California, office of Dr. Dean S. Steinberger, O.D. & Associates, or request an appointment online today.

LOCATION

Advanced Optometrics
Trusted Eyecare, Distinctive Eyewear.
1014 S. Westlake Blvd. #10
Westlake Village, CA 91361
Phone: (800) 983-4933
Email: advancedoptometrics@gmail.com

OFFICE HOURS

Monday9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Tuesday9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Wednesday9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Thursday9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Friday9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday9:00 am – 2:00 pm
SundayClosed

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Dr. Dean S. Steinberger 1014 S. Westlake Blvd. #10 Westlake Village, CA 91361 Phone: (800) 983-4933