A few people know that a condition called macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in America and more people suffer from it than glaucoma and cataract combined. On the other hand, many people do not know that it is an incurable eye disease. The macula, which is the retina’s central part, is the part of the eye that is responsible for our central vision. Once it is damaged, there could be so little that you can do to reverse the damage.
Here at Griffeth Vision, Dr. Griffeth regularly treats patients with macular degeneration in Tooele. Given that damage can be irreversible, it is important that you have adequate knowledge on the condition and know when to seek the help of an eye doctor.
Do You Have It?
Early detection can lead to early treatment, and this can be done by knowing the symptoms beforehand and being able to relay them to your eye doctor. In the case of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the patient experiences any of the following:
- Difficulty in reading as the text can appear blurry
- Difficulty in recognizing other people’s faces
- Colors seem to appear less vibrant
AMD does not typically affect one’s outer or peripheral vision, which is why it does not cause complete and total blindness.
Seek Medical Advice Today!
You may be wondering when you should seek professional help. By and large, if you think your vision is getting worse by the day, it would be right to consult your ophthalmologist right away. Furthermore, once vision starts to get worse, or if you notice any blind spots or the images in your vision become distorted, medical advice must be sought immediately. Your ophthalmologist will see to it that you get tested appropriately and receive treatment.
Request a consultation with Dr. Griffeth today and find out if you have macular degeneration. Call us at 435-843-8333 to schedule an appointment today. We look forward to hearing from you!