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Clear vision depends on several parts of your eyes working together. One such component is the macula, located at the center of the retina at the back of your eyes. The macula is responsible for providing crystal-clear central vision, which is needed to read, drive and recognize faces.
Macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss in America, occurs when the macula deteriorates. This causes a blind spot to appear in the center of your line of sight. Currently, it's impossible to completely restore vision lost from macular degeneration, but certain treatments can slow or even stop the progression of vision loss once it begins.
To help keep your vision healthy, plan to visit Space Center Eye Associates at least once a year for an eye exam. Early detection and timely treatment is essential for preventing significant vision loss caused by macular degeneration and other eye diseases.
This tiny device about the size of a pea is implanted in your eye to magnify images onto the retina and improve your central vision. This treatment is often reserved for people who have experienced advanced vision loss. It can help patients recognize people's faces and expressions that they couldn't before.
Lucentis is used to treat macular degeneration by inhibiting vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), which is a protein that causes abnormal blood vessels to grow. The drug is administered monthly through injections into the eye.
Used to treat age-related macular degeneration, Macugen is a therapeutic molecule that attacks VEGF in the eye. Injections into the eye about every six weeks deliver the drug straight to the retina where it's needed.
This is another treatment for macular degeneration that inhibits the action of VEGF. Injections are required less frequently – every eight weeks rather than every four or six weeks – which is a benefit that may interest you.
This treatment is approved for treating macular degeneration in patients who have well-defined blood vessel growth under the retina. About 40 to 60 percent of age-related "wet" macular degeneration patients can be treated with this drug, which is injected into your arm. The drug then activates when your eye doctor shines a laser into your eye as the drug passes through the retinal blood vessels.
Also called laser photocoagulation, this treatment destroys new blood vessels with a laser light. The purpose is to reduce fluid leakage and slow the progression of vision loss. A drawback is that the laser creates scars on your retina, leading to blind spots in your peripheral vision.
Not sure what's causing your central vision loss? Contact our Clear Lake optometry office at 281-480-1002 to have your eyes tested or to start macular degeneration treatment.
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