Age-Related Macular Degeneration in Chicago Ridge, IL, Tinley Park, IL, and Munster, IN

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What is age-related macular degeneration?

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an eye disorder that causes changes to the center of the retina called the macula. There are two types of AMD: dry and wet. Both typically affect patients who are 50 years of age or older. The macula is responsible for detailed central vision. Once this area becomes damaged, it can cause severe vision loss. The goal is to catch AMD as early as possible to preserve vision. Call Ticho Eye Associates in Chicago Ridge, IL, Tinley Park, IL, or Munster, IN to book an appointment. Our team of seasoned ophthalmologists is highly trained in managing age-related macular degeneration.


What Are The Symptoms Of Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) can cause a number of symptoms ranging from slight to severe. A typical early symptom is drusen, or little yellowish deposits in the retina that can be detected during a routine eye exam at Ticho Eye Associates. In some cases, these symptoms may be similar to other eye conditions. While each patient can experience their own unique set of symptoms, the most common symptoms of AMD often include:

  • Loss of central vision
  • A dark or empty spot in the center of the vision
  • Vision that is blurry or fuzzy
  • Difficulty recognizing faces, even among friends and family
  • Straight lines that appear wavy

Treatments for AMD

Although age-related macular degeneration can't be cured, it can be slowed and managed with different therapies. Depending on your condition, our team may recommend anti-VEGF drugs, dietary supplements, low-vision aids, and laser therapy. Each treatment is different, and most patients typically incorporate several therapies concurrently to slow the progression of AMD and preserve optimal eyesight.

Macular Degneration FAQs

Should I protect my vision if I have macular degeneration?
If you wish to slow your macular degeneration, there are a number of small but useful improvements you can make to your lifestyle. We encourage wearing sunglasses with 100% UV protection, even if the sun is not shining strongly. In addition, managing some health conditions such as diabetes and hypertension, along with limiting screen time, all benefit your long-term vision health.

How do I know if I have macular degeneration?
Here at Ticho Eye Associates, we can evaluate if you have macular degeneration in a number of ways. We generally begin by dilating the eye in a pain-free, quick, and spontaneous assessment. This baseline will then allow our providers to assess the health of your eyes and if you have macular degeneration, the stage of progression it is in.

What happens if I have macular degeneration and it goes untreated?
Per its name, macular degeneration is a degenerative disease, meaning that over time, it progresses if left untreated. Only mild vision loss will be observed at first, but ultimately, untreated macular degeneration can lead to severe vision loss or blindness. Our providers can help catch your macular degeneration early on to prevent progression to this point.

What is an Amsler Grid?
The Amsler Grid is an ophthalmic tool with a central dot and gridlines used to detect visual distortions or irregularities, especially in the macula. Patients focus on the dot and report any anomalies, making it a self-monitoring tool for conditions like macular degeneration.

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manage macular degeneration

Our team at Ticho Eye Associates has helped countless patients who suffer from age-related macular degeneration. We know it can be discouraging trying to figure out how to manage your disease, but we are here to guide you through different therapies that may help. Schedule an appointment at our office in Chicago Ridge, IL, Tinley Park, IL, or Munster, IN.

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