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Posted on 11-09-2016

What is Macular Degeneration? Explained by Your Eye Doctor in Poplar Bluff & Sikeston

At Dr. Obermark Eye Health Care, we regularly diagnose macular degeneration and provide treatment. Refresh your memory on the macular degeneration symptoms and learn about how your eye doctor in Poplar Bluff or Sikeston can treat this condition. 

Woman with eye doctor in Poplar Bluff or Sikeston Optometrist

The Symptoms of Macular Degeneration

One of the main symptoms of macular degeneration is blurry vision. Some people experience distorted vision, where things appear curved rather than flat. Others have trouble seeing clearly in low light conditions or see spots. In some cases, the way you perceive color may change. 

If you experience any of these symptoms, make an appointment with our eye doctor. 

Since macular degeneration usually develops with age, we recommend having annual eye exams at our optometry clinic. This way, our Poplar Bluff or Sikeston optometrist screens you for signs of age-related eye conditions including macular degeneration and provides effective treatment. 

Macular Degeneration Treatment With Your Sikeston or Poplar Bluff Eye Doctor

After our Poplar Bluff or Sikeston optometrist diagnoses you with macular degeneration, we will go over treatment options. If the disease is in its early stages, we may recommend vitamins and supplements, which can slow the progression of the eye condition. 

If you have wet macular degeneration, we may administer anti-VEGF drugs via injection. These drugs can slow the development of macular degeneration, improve your vision, and prevent new abnormal blood vessels from growing. To combat macular degeneration, a series of treatments may be needed. 

For advanced cases of macular degeneration, we may refer you out for laser surgery. We work with many eye surgeons to co-manage treatment of macular degeneration. We'll perform all pre- and post-surgical care while an eye surgeon will use a laser beam to destroy abnormal blood vessels in your eyes and stop the progression of this condition. 

No matter what treatment option our Sikeston optometrist recommends, we will be by your side through the management of macular degeneration. 

To learn more about macular degeneration treatment, or speak with our Sikeston and Poplar Bluff optometrist, reserve your next optometry appointment on our website or over the phone. Call the office most convenient for you today to schedule an appointment!

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