Aslett-Kurica Eye Center Detects Macular Degeneration with medical Eye Examinations
Macular degeneration affects your ability to see and can make some activities — like threading a needle or reading a book — difficult or impossible. Unlike glaucoma, macular degeneration does not affect your peripheral vision, but instead affects central vision in parts of your retina.
Macular degeneration is a natural part of the aging process, and many people over the age of 65 may develop it. While people experience different symptoms when developing it, some common ways to detect the vision loss associated with macular degeneration include:
- Words on a page appearing blurry
- Dark or empty spaces appearing in the center of your vision
How We Detect Macular Degeneration
Many patients do not realize they are suffering from macular degeneration until their blurred vision affects their everyday life. Here at Aslett-Kurica Eye Center, we can detect macular degeneration in its early stages during an eye examination with simple and safe eye tests.
Retinal Tears and Retinal Detachments
Retinal detachment is a major concern for your vision and eye health. You experience this eye condition when your retina pulls away from its normal position. When your retina is detached, you will experience blurred vision. Imagine looking through a camera that hasn’t focused on the scene yet, your vision will be out of focus in much the same way. Retinal detachment is a serious problem and will almost always cause blindness unless treated quickly.
Noticing these early warning signs is essential to preventing vision loss. You are at a greater risk if you are extremely nearsighted, have had a detachment before, or if your family has a history of detachment.
Warning Signs Include:
- Blurry vision
- Seeing flashing lights
- Having new eye floaters
- Sudden vision changes after a sharp blow to the eye
- A grey curtain moving across your field of vision
These symptoms do not always mean a retinal detachment is present; however, you should see your ophthalmologist as soon as possible if they occur.
Retinal Detachment Treatment
Most retinal tears can be treated with laser surgery or cryotherapy, which seals the retina to the back wall of the eye. Retinal tear treatment causes little to no discomfort and can be performed by your ophthalmologist at Aslett-Kurica Eye Center.
Most patients will need surgery if the case of retinal detachment to put the retina back in its proper place.