How a Macular Pucker can Affect Your Vision

Think of the macula as the “heart” of the eye’s retina, responsible for central vision, most color vision and the fine details of what we see. Like virtually every other body part, and macula is susceptible to disorders, such as when a thin layer of scar tissue forms over the macula, leading to a condition known as a macular pucker.

At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Virginia – Alexandria, we are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of a host of retinal conditions including macular pucker, helping to restore or maintain healthy vision and a high quality of life for all our patients.

Macular pucker is most often the result of an injury or a medical condition, such as diabetes, that affects the eye. Some may form after eye surgery, but most develop as part of the natural aging process. While many macular puckers do not disrupt vision or cause blindness, thicker puckers can compromise vision and distort what you see, such as straight lines that appear as wavy lines, and the inability to distinguish fine detail.

Macular puckers usually heal on their own and do not cause serious problems with vision. Nevertheless, we recommend regular eye examinations so we can monitor your condition to ensure the condition hasn’t gotten worse. Serious cases of macular pucker often involve medical intervention with an outpatient procedure to remove the scar tissue.

Your healthy vision is our top priority

The main goals of retinal treatment are to stop or slow disease progression and preserve your vision. At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Virginia – Alexandria, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate eye care. For more information on our office and the many services we provide, give us a call today.

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Wet Macular Degeneration: A Less Common Form of Age-related Macular Degeneration

As people age, many people start having trouble with their eyesight. One of the most common conditions that affects them is AMD – age-related macular degeneration – the leading cause of severe, irreversible vision loss in people over age 60.

At the offices of Retina Group of Washington – Virginia – Alexandria, our team of highly-skilled eye specialists is well equipped to diagnose and treat AMD, helping to manage the condition, minimizing or even recovering vision loss for our patients.

AMD has two types: wet and dry. Wet macular degeneration is a chronic eye disorder that causes blurred vision or a blind spot in the visual field. It’s generally caused by abnormal blood vessels that leak fluid or blood into the macula, the part of the eye’s retina responsible for central vision. Dry macular degeneration, which is due to the thinning of the macula, is more common but less severe.

Wet macular degeneration symptoms usually appear suddenly and worsen rapidly. Patients may experience visual distortions, reduced central vision, decreased color intensity, general haziness in overall vision and blind spots in their field of vision. Because macular degeneration doesn’t affect peripheral vision, it rarely causes total blindness.

No one knows the exact cause of wet macular degeneration, but the vision loss can develop as a result of the abnormal growth of new blood vessels that leak fluid or blood, interfering with the retina’s function; or it could be caused by fluid buildup in the back of the eye.

Factors that may increase your risk of macular degeneration include advancing age, a family history of the disease, smoking, obesity and cardiovascular disease.

Committed to your vision health

Treatments for wet macular degeneration involve medications and therapies designed to slow disease progression, preserve existing vision and, if started early enough, recover some lost vision. At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Virginia – Alexandria, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate eye care. For more information on our office and the many services we provide, give us a call today.

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Macular Degeneration in Falls Church

Macular Specialist in Falls Church

Macular Specialist in Falls Church

Macular degeneration is a serious disease. It can strike anyone, but mostly patients over the age of 55 have a higher risk for macular degeneration. The Retina Group of Washington specializes in treating retinal disorders and problems. We treat macular degeneration before it gets worse.

The biggest risk factor for macular degeneration is age. Those over the age of 55 are at a higher risk, and risk increases as people age. Other risk factors include smoking, which doubles the risk of AMD, race and genetics. Those with a family history are more likely to get AMD, and those who are caucasian are more at risk for developing the disease than hispanics, Latinos or African-Americans. As of right now there is no known cure for macular degeneration. Quitting smoking, starting to exercise and eat a healthy diet and protecting eyes from UV rays all go a long way in preventing AMD. Our macular specialist in Falls Church can tell you more about AMD and the different kinds. Dry AMD is different from regular AMD.

Macular degeneration affects central vision, which is used for reading or driving. If not treated properly, macular degeneration may cause vision loss and even blindness. There are different types of macular degeneration, such as age related macular degeneration and dry AMD. Other conditions, like retinal detachment, need specialists like our macular specialist in Falls Church to treat them. Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss, affecting more than 10 million Americans. That’s more than cataracts and glaucoma combined. Macular Degeneration deteriorates the central portion of the retina, which is the inside back layer of the eye that records the images we see. These images are sent by the optic nerve from the eye to the brain. The retina’s central portion is known as the macula. It is responsible for focusing central vision in the eye, and it controls our ability to read, drive and see objects in fine detail.

The Retina Group of Washington
6354 Walker Lane, Suite 100
Alexandria, VA 22310
(703) 313-8822