Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a disease of the retina. In early, less advanced AMD, visual symptoms are generally mild and may or may not impact vision-related activities. However, advanced stages of AMD can result in severe loss of sight in the central part of vision. End-Stage AMD is the most advanced form of the disease and the leading cause of irreversible vision loss and legal blindness in individuals over the age of 65. How is it different than Cataracts? This blind spot is different than the visual disturbances experienced with cataracts (clouding of the eye’s lens) and is not correctable by cataract surgery or eyeglasses.
Age-related macular degeneration occurs when the arteries that nourish the retina harden. Deprived of nutrients, the retinal tissues begin to weaken and die, causing vision loss. Patients may experience blurriness, grey or distorted areas, and possibly a blind spot in the center of their vision. Macular degeneration doesn’t cause total blindness because it doesn’t affect the peripheral vision. Possible risk factors include genetics, age, diet, smoking and sunlight exposure. Regular eye exams are highly recommended to detect macular degeneration early and prevent permanent vision loss.
At this time, there is no cure for end-stage AMD and no way to reverse its effects. The type of treatment for the disease depends on what stage the degneration is in: the early, dry form stage or in the more advanced, wet form stage that can lead to serious vision loss. Many believe that certain nutrients such as zinc, lutein, zeaxanthin and vitamins A,C and E – can help slow down the progression of dry macular degeneration. In addition, high levels of antioxidants and zinc have shown promising results. For the wet and more serious form, treatments aimed at stopping abnormal blood vessel growth include FDA-approved drugs of Lucentis, Macugen and Visudyne used with Photodynamic Therapy or PDT.
There is a solution to help you gain some of your central vision back: CentraSight®. The CentraSight® treatment program uses a tiny telescope, an FDA-approved medical device, which is implanted inside the eye to improve vision and quality of life for individuals affected by End-Stage AMD. The telescope implant is not a cure that “sees” for you. Your specific visual goals can be assessed with an external telescope simulation during pre-surgery screening visits. After the telescope procedure, although near and distant vision may improve, driving will not be possible because the implant does not restore normal vision. However, here are some realistic goals we have seen from our patients:
Call your Atlanta area Milan Eye Center location today at (678) 281-2020 to see if CentraSight Telescopic Surgery is right for you.
“Seeing Dr. Sajja was very easy and efficient. He was very thorough and professional. He was also very honest in what he felt needed to be done. He also had a very good bedside manner and was caring, nothing was painful at all. The surgery was a quick procedure and I was in excellent care. I was amazed that Dr. Sajja himself called me two days after surgery to check-up on me!”
“Dr. Milan Patel is an excellent, caring physician. From the initial exam through cataract surgery he was very patient with explaining the surgery and recovery process. I had both eyes replaced with new lenses and felt extremely comfortable through both procedures. I highly, highly recommend him!”
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