As we age, we face a greater risk of developing certain health problems. One such problem is macular degeneration, a general phrase for a variety of different eye conditions which result in a decline in the quality of a patient’s central vision. Because macular degeneration can lead to permanent vision loss, it is important to have this condition diagnosed by a trained optic professional who can suggest potential treatment options. At Brook Plaza Ophthalmology, our Brooklyn eye doctor can regularly monitor the health of your eyes so conditions such as this one are identified early.
Macular degeneration is generally an age-related condition that comes in two common forms. “Wet” age-related macular degeneration is the more aggressive of the two, involving the growth of abnormal blood vessels beneath the retina. These blood vessels can leak blood and fluid that results in blurring of the central vision. The process is generally fairly rapid. Treatment options include laser surgery, photodynamic therapy, and injections into the eye. “Dry” age-related macular degeneration is generally the less aggressive form of the condition, involving the gradual breakdown of light-sensitive cells in the macula. At Brook Plaza Ophthalmology, we can diagnose either version of the condition and work closely with patients to determine the next step towards treatment. Our staff of highly-qualified optic professionals brings years of experience to a practice designed to cater to the needs and concerns of each and every patient. At our office, you’ll be in the care of a Brooklyn eye doctor whose dedication to patient health is evident from the moment you walk in.
We do not yet know the main cause of macular degeneration, although we do know that patients over the age of 60 are at a greater risk of developing the condition. Although symptoms often include blurred vision, many people notice no symptoms at all in the early stages. With that fact in mind, you should regularly have your eyes checked so you can stay ahead of this problem early. At Brook Plaza Ophthalmology, our Brooklyn eye doctor will assess the quality of your vision and diagnose conditions such as macular degeneration if any exist. Schedule an appointment with us to get eye care designed to identify and address such problems before they cause major damage.