Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration Eye Care in El Paso

Macular degeneration is an eye problem that affects your central vision. There are different types of this condition that can occur, including wet and dry macular degeneration. Finding this condition early and treating it is an important part of lowering the risk of vision loss. Our optometrist at University Vision Centre in El Paso offers diagnostic testing and treatment for macular degeneration.

Types of Macular Degeneration

Dry and wet macular degeneration are the main types of this condition that can occur. Dry macular degeneration occurs more often, and it can turn into wet macular degeneration over time. Macular degeneration can occur in both eyes or only one eye.

Symptoms of Macular Degeneration

Dry macular degeneration can cause problems with your central vision. You might have trouble seeing in lower light and might need to use brighter lighting for reading or doing other tasks. This type of macular degeneration can also cause printed words to appear blurry or colors to appear less bright. As this condition becomes worse, you might have trouble recognizing people’s faces as well. 

Wet macular degeneration can cause you to have distorted vision, such as seeing bent lines that are actually straight. You might also notice colors becoming duller and have trouble seeing right in front of you due to decreased central vision. These symptoms typically happen suddenly and quickly get worse.

Causes of Macular Degeneration

Dry macular degeneration can occur as you get older. The exact cause isn't known, but risk factors, such as your age, family history, obesity, and smoking, can make you more likely to develop this condition. When you have this condition, tissue inside your macula becomes thinner. 

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