Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a degenerative aging process of the retina which damages the eyesight of 13 million Americans. AMD occurs most frequently in persons over age 55.
In fact, it is the most common cause of severe vision loss in this age group. Depending on the type of macular degeneration, there may be few options for treating the disease. But the good news is: numerous studies and research are being conducted that will, hopefully, offer more solutions in the future.
There are two types of macular degeneration, wet and dry. The vast majority of patients have the dry form, which means there is no bleeding and tends to be very slowly progressive over a period of years. There is no specific treatment or cure. In the wet form there is bleeding in the center of the macula, resulting in sudden decrease in vision. This may require various treatments, including laser surgery or injections of medication into the eye. Dr.s Gerstenfeld and Nejat will examine you carefully to determine which type you may have and what treatment if any is indicated.