Macular Degeneration

Farrah Khoja, OD -  - Optometry

Vision Source of Crystal Falls

Farrah Khoja, OD

Optometry located in Leander, TX

Age-related macular degeneration is the most common reason for vision loss after age 60. But there’s also good news: With close monitoring and early intervention, your age-related macular degeneration doesn’t have to get to the point of vision loss. At Vision Source of Crystal Falls in Leander, Texas, optometrist Farrah A. Khoja, OD, has the knowledge, skills, and training to delay the progression of macular degeneration so you can preserve your vision. Use online scheduling or call to make your appointment now.

Macular Degeneration Q & A

What is age-related macular degeneration?

Age-related macular degeneration is an eye disease that shows up when the macula, a small but crucial part of your retina, deteriorates. The two types of age-related macular degeneration are dry and wet.

Dry age-related macular degeneration

This is the most common form of age-related macular degeneration. In age-related macular degeneration, you develop yellow deposits, called drusen, underneath your retina. Over time, drusen can trigger macular deterioration.

Wet age-related macular degeneration

The wet form of the disease is the most severe, and it usually develops only if you had the dry form previously. If you have wet age-related macular degeneration, Bruch's membrane within your retina deteriorates and abnormal new blood vessels appear. These blood vessels are easily damaged and they frequently leak, causing macular scarring.

Age-related macular degeneration can cause serious vision problems and even blindness without treatment. Age-related macular degeneration usually affects both eyes at the same time.

What are the symptoms of age-related macular degeneration?

Early on, you might not have any symptoms, so you could learn that you have age-related macular degeneration during your eye exam at Vision Source of Crystal Falls. In some cases, though, age-related macular degeneration can cause sudden-onset symptoms. 

Some symptoms to look for include:

  • Needing more light to read, write, or do other tasks
  • A blurred area in your visual field
  • A dark spot in your visual field
  • Straight lines looking curved or waved
  • Central vision distortion

If you experience any of the above vision changes or any other sudden vision problems, schedule an appointment with Dr. Khoja right away.

How is age-related macular degeneration treated?

Treatment depends on what form of the disease you have. Although there's no cure, research has shown that some antioxidants can help prevent dry age-related macular degeneration from progressing. Dr. Khoja can prescribe a combination of vitamin C, vitamin E, lutein, zinc, and other specific antioxidants.

Treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration can include injectable medications, laser surgery, and photodynamic therapy. If you need these treatments, Dr. Khoja refers you to a trusted ophthalmologist and then co-manages your care.

Dr. Khoja can also help with low-vision solutions like specialized magnifiers if age-related macular degeneration has already taken a toll on your vision.

For treatment of age-related macular degeneration by a caring optometry team, call Vision Source of Crystal Falls or book an appointment through the online scheduler today.