Nevada Eye Care East / Southeast 2090 East Flamingo Rd. Suite # 100 Las Vegas, Nevada 89119

Nevada Eye Care West / Northwest 7730 West Cheyenne Ave. Suite # 103 Las Vegas, Nevada 89129

(702) 633-2020

Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a deterioration or breakdown of the eye's macula. The macula is a small area in the retina - the light-sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye. The macula is the part of the retina that is responsible for your central vision, allowing you to see fine details clearly.

Many older people develop macular degeneration as part of the body's natural aging process. There are different kinds of macular problems, but the most common is age-related macular degeneration.

Macular Degeneration Las Vegas

There are two types of macular degeneration:

  • Dry (Atrophic) Macular Degeneration
  • Wet (Exudative) Macular Degeneration

Dry macular degeneration is much more common than wet macular degeneration, but wet macular degeneration is more commonly associated with significant vision loss.

There are several ways to manage macular degeneration, including:

  • Antioxidant vitamin and mineral formulations that can protect the macula from damage, especially beta-carotene (vitamin A), Vitamin C, and E.
  • Intravitreal injections of Avastin, Lucentis, Macugen, Steroids: these drugs can stop the new blood vessel formation and are injected directly into the inside cavity of the eye at periodic interval as determined by the patient’s response.
  • Laser treatment, also called laser photocoagulation- destroys new blood vessels to prevent leakage, and it may help wet AMD patients.
  • Low vision devices for vision loss is another treatment method that helps improve vision by using bright lights and magnifying lenses.

Contact Nevada Eye Care at (702) 633-2020 for a macular degeneration evaluation. We also work closely with retina subspecialists to appropriately manage and monitor patients with macular degeneration.

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