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Symptoms and Treatment of Macular Degeneration in Stuart

Macular degeneration is one of the leading causes of vision loss, and it is estimated that over 10 million Americans suffer from the condition. As the body ages, it begins to break down, and the eyes are no different. If you are experiencing vision problems it is important to seek treatment rather than brush them off, if you don't treat the symptoms they can worsen.

Dr. Durante and Cohen's Fashion Optical offer full-service eye treatment and care in addition to eye exams and corrective lenses. If you are suffering from an eye condition such as macular degeneration, begin comprehensive treatment immediately.

eye doctor treating a patient with macular degeneration in Jensen Beach

Signs and Symptoms of Macular Degeneration

When the central point of the retina begins to deteriorate it can limit the patient's ability to see clearly and in focus, to drive a car, or perform many other daily activities without assistance. This age-related disorder presents at three different levels, and there is no known cure for the disease at this time. 

  • Early AMD - while there are little to no symptoms during this phase of the disease, yellow colored deposits become visible beneath the surface of the retina. These deposits can be observed during a regular eye exam which is another good reason to maintain regular eye care.
  • Intermediate AMD - this stage can show some slight symptoms, but the majority of the damage is noticed during an exam. The yellow deposits will increase and there will be further changes in the pigmentation of the retina during this stage.
  • Late AMD - this is the stage where vision loss becomes a noticeable issue. It is unfortunate that for many people their symptoms are not detected until this late stage of the disease. If you are not currently receiving regular eye exams, now is a great time to start!

Protecting the eyes from harmful UV rays, maintaining a healthy diet, and quitting smoking are all good ways to avoid this condition for which there is no cure. Genetics is another factor impacting macular degeneration, as is race, and age. Smoking can also double your likelihood of contracting the condition.

Meet our Stuart Optometrist for Macular Degeneration Detection and Treatment

Dr. Durante, along with Cohen’s Fashion Optical, is dedicated to the vision health of his patients. In addition to eye exams and a full inventory of corrective lenses and stylish frames, his office treats eye conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration.

The office is conveniently located at 3468 NW Federal Highway in Jensen Beach, serving the needs of patients in Jensen Beach, Stuart, and Port St. Lucie. Give us a call today at (772) 692-2020 to schedule a consultation.

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