Macular Degeneration Specialist

Bolduc Eye Care -  - Optometry

Bolduc Eye Care

Optometry & Contact Lens Specialists located in Biddeford, ME

Up to 11 million Americans currently suffer from age-related macular degeneration, and the amount of sufferers could double over the next few decades. This disease can destroy your central vision, and it’s one of the most common causes of blindness in Americans aged 60 and up. The best thing you can do to protect yourself is having eye exams at Bolduc Eye Care in Biddeford, Maine. Call the office or book your appointment online anytime.

Macular Degeneration Q&A

What is age-related macular degeneration?

If you're diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration, it means that the middle of your retina — the macula — is breaking down over time. This causes vision problems and can often result in central vision loss, although peripheral vision isn't affected. Age-related macular degeneration almost always starts after age 50, and it's a common cause of vision loss in adults 60 and older. 

Dry age-related macular degeneration

Dry age-related macular degeneration, the most common manifestation of the disease, occurs when soft lipid deposits called drusen build up beneath your retina. This kind of age-related macular degeneration generally starts and advances slowly. 

Wet age-related macular degeneration

The other form, wet age-related macular degeneration, is far more aggressive and damaging. If you have wet age-related macular degeneration, your eyes develop abnormal blood vessels that can invade your retina. Often, these blood vessels leak and lead to retinal scarring. 

While dry age-related macular degeneration progresses slowly, wet age-related macular degeneration usually advances quite quickly. Usually, wet age-related macular degeneration starts as dry age-related macular degeneration. But, that doesn't mean you'll inevitably develop the wet type of the disease just because you have the dry type.

What are the early signs of age-related macular degeneration?

Often, dry age-related macular degeneration doesn't cause significant symptoms initially, but eventually, you might notice some changes such as:

  • Needing more light to read
  • Hazy general vision
  • Colors appear washed-out

Wet age-related macular degeneration causes more serious symptoms, including all of the above symptoms along with other issues such as:

  • Defined blurred area in your central vision
  • Defined dark area in your central vision
  • Straight lines look wavy

Wet age-related macular degeneration usually starts suddenly. If you have symptoms of either type of age-related macular degeneration, protect your sight by scheduling an eye exam at Bolduc Eye Care immediately.

Is age-related macular degeneration treatable?

With proper management, you can often prevent the disease from worsening. Bolduc Eye Care can educate you and help with disease management. A unique blend of antioxidant supplements may help with dry age-related macular degeneration. 

Usually, the best treatment for wet age-related macular degeneration includes either inner-eye injections, laser surgery, or both. If you need treatment beyond monitoring and education, Bolduc Eye Care refers you to the area's top ophthalmologists who can perform advanced care, including surgery.

Book your appointment online or call either Bolduc Eye Care office for macular degeneration help now.