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Our Doctors of Optometry in Brighton CO Diagnose and Manage Macular Degeneration

According to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation, more than 10 million people in the United States are living with macular degeneration. At Brighton Eye Associates, you can connect with optometrists in Brighton CO who can diagnose this common condition and help you maximize your vision.

senior male patient with optometrist in Brighton during an eye exam to screen for macular degeneration

How Macular Degeneration Develops

Macular degeneration is often referred to as AMD or age-related macular degeneration. It occurs when the macula (the center of your retina which sees detail) progressively thins, scars, and becomes diseased. There are two different ways this can happen:

  • Wet or exudative AMD happens when small blood vessels grow behind the macula and leak.
     
  • Dry or atrophic AMD happens when the macula becomes infiltrated with small yellow deposits called drusen.

Macular degeneration is more likely to occur as you age. Genetics and environment will play a role in its development, with things like smoking, excessive sunlight exposure, being of Caucasian descent, or having a positive family history all thought to be known risk factors. 

Signs & Symptoms of Macular Degeneration

The main symptom is blurriness and vision loss in the center of your line of sight. It might be hard to read or see people's faces, for instance. Peripheral (side) vision usually remains intact and in the later stages of AMD legal blindness may occur. 

How an Eye Doctor in Brighton Can Help People with Macular Degeneration

An eye doctor in Brighton can diagnose AMD on a comprehensive eye exam by looking at the internal anatomy of your eye and by testing your vision. Diagnosis is possible even before symptoms show up, and since earlier detection and treatment may help slow the progression of the disease, it's extremely important to meet with your eye doctor regularly, especially as you get older.  Though AMD can't be cured and it may not be 100% preventable, our eye doctors can help you manage your disease effectively with services such as:

  • Nutritional supplements and recommendations, for dry type
  • Prescription eyeglasses and UV-protecting sunglasses to compensate for vision loss and protect your eyes
  • Implementation of low vision strategies

Visit our Brighton Optometrists Today

Do you believe you may be living with AMD or are you past due for an eye exam? Contact Brighton Eye Associates to schedule an appointment with one of our optometrists by calling303-659-3036.