If you’re one of the 20 million Americans living with low vision due to macular degeneration, you can find comprehensive care at Mayo Family Eye Care LLC. Experienced optometrist Sabrina Mayo, OD, and the team provide complete eye exams to confirm your diagnosis. They also specialize in dry macular degeneration management services to slow the progression of the disease and preserve your central vision. Call the Exeter, New Hampshire, office to schedule a macular degeneration consultation or book an appointment online today.
Advanced Technology: OCT and Geographic Atrophy
Mayo Family Eye Care LLC employs advanced technology to enhance the diagnostic capabilities for macular degeneration. Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive imaging test that captures detailed cross-sectional images of the retina, allowing for early detection of changes associated with macular degeneration.
Geographic Atrophy, a severe form of dry macular degeneration, can be identified through OCT. This technology enables the visualization of blood vessels before they leak, picking up subclinical wet macular degeneration.
What is macular degeneration?
Macular degeneration is an eye disease that causes the loss of your central vision. This disease develops when the macula, a part of your retina that contributes to clear vision, begins to break down. There are two types of macular degeneration:
Dry macular degeneration: Occurs when the macula thins with age. This condition progresses gradually over several years and ultimately leads to the loss of your central vision.
Wet macular degeneration: A less common condition that occurs when abnormal blood vessels grow in the back of your eye. These vessels damage the macula and can cause faster vision loss. People 60 and over are at increased risk for macular degeneration. Other risk factors for the disease include family history, smoking, cardiovascular disease, and obesity.
When should I schedule a consultation for macular degeneration?
Mayo Family Eye Care LLC offers comprehensive diagnostic services for macular degeneration. You should schedule an eye exam if you have issues that affect one or both of your eyes, such as:
Reduced central vision
Difficulties recognizing faces
Defined blurry spots in your field of vision
How is macular degeneration treated?
Your treatment plan for macular degeneration depends on how advanced your condition is. While there’s no way to reverse any vision loss you already have, the Mayo Family Eye Care LLC team can help you protect your remaining vision. The team develops a personalized treatment plan that includes Macuhealth® and Macuhealth Plus® nutritional supplements. The Macuhealth line of supplements contains all three macular carotenoids –– lutein, meso-zeaxanthin, and zeaxanthin. These ingredients are clinically proven to enhance visual performance and slow the progression of dry macular degeneration.
If you have reduced vision because of macular degeneration, the team provides resources to help you improve your quality of life. They can recommend contacts and glasses and vision rehabilitation services that help you remain independent with low vision.
Call Mayo Family Eye Care LLC to schedule a macular degeneration consultation or book an appointment online today.