The macula is located inside the retina. It’s small and at the center. And when it comes to your eye health and vision, it is indispensable. At The Retina Group of Washington, our macular specialist in Falls Church will diagnose, evaluate, and treat diseases that affect this tiny and essential part of your retina.
The most common issue that comes up with the macular is that it is subject to degeneration, either due to nearsightedness or as the result of the aging process. Myopic macular degeneration is the one in which being nearsighted is responsible. Of course, there is nothing you can do to prevent being nearsighted. It is typically hereditary, and your likelihood of getting it is even greater if both your parents had it. There is both dry and wet macular degeneration, and the dry type makes up the vast majority of cases. Unfortunately, it is not curable, but positive results can be derived from surgery, if you’re considered a good candidate for it. For the wet variety, our macular specialist in Falls Church can offer intraocular injections as an effective treatment. Myopic macular degeneration can strike as early as your 30s. On the other hand, age-related macular degeneration becomes a concern at age 40, and is most common from age 60 and up. Again, the dry version of it cannot be reversed or cured, but can be managed with a combination of methods that may include vitamin supplements and lifestyle changes. Treatments are available for wet age-related macular degeneration.
What is of most importance for any macular disease is that it is diagnosed early, which is closely linked to better outcomes. And since there are no symptoms until the disease has progressed to an advanced stage, it is vital to be tested with a complete exam once per year. Call our office to schedule yours.