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Our Eye Doctors in Amarillo Diagnose and Treat Macular Degeneration

Eye health is an important component to healthy living, and our eye doctors in Amarillo help thousands of patients every year maximize their vision and eye health through prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of a wide variety of eye diseases. One such eye disease, known as macular degeneration, is actually quite common and is considered the leading cause of blindness and vision loss in people over the age of 50. Read on to learn more about this eye disease diagnosis and how our eye doctors in Amarillo can help. 

Older woman getting tested for macular degeneration.

Macular Degeneration Causes and Symptoms in Amarillo

Usually known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), this eye disease involves the progressive degradation of the center of your retina, known as the "macula." The retina is the thin tissue on the inside of the back of your eye that collects visual images to be sent to the brain via the optic nerve. The macula, then, is the area where the optic nerve attaches to the retina. As the macula degenerates over time, this can lead to a variety of visual symptoms, including:

  • Progressively blurry vision, particularly in the center of the visual field (a person's peripheral vision usually remains intact)
  • A "blind spot" or dark area in the center of the visual field
  • Straight lines or objects begin to look distorted 
  • Impaired clear color vision

There are two main macular degeneration causes. "Wet" AMD is caused by an abnormal growth of small leaky blood vessels, which can lead to scarring. "Dry" AMD is caused by the growth of small yellow deposits and the gradual thinning of the macula. You're more at risk of developing AMD if you are over the age of 65, if you are of Caucasian descent, if you're female if you smoke, if you have a family history of the eye disease diagnosis, and if you have certain other health problems including cardiovascular disease and obesity.

Macular Degeneration Treatment at Balfour Optical

If you've been looking for an eye doctor in Amarillo to help you with your vision health needs, consider our experienced and highly skilled optometry team here at Balfour Optical. At the present time, no known cure for macular degeneration exists. However, the disease is manageable and its progression can be slowed to prevent further vision loss. Our optometrist is Amarillo, TX's local provider of macular degeneration treatment options for you or your loved one, including: 

  • Wet AMD- nutritional supplements, injectable medications that stop further growth of blood vessels
  • Dry AMD- nutritional and lifestyle counseling to slow the disease progress

Are You Looking for Macular Degeneration Treatment Near You? Schedule an Appointment with Our Amarillo Eye Doctor Team Today!

Our Amarillo eye doctor team, led by Dr. James Fitch and Dr. Ryan Hollingsworth, is 100% committed to providing excellence in optometry for our fellow community members. If you or a loved one is concerned about vision health or eye diseases, or if you'd like to learn more about our macular degeneration treatment services, contact Balfour Optical today at 806-355-4407 to schedule an appointment. We want to make it as easy as possible for you to schedule your annual comprehensive eye exam, so we offer an accommodating schedule and accept a wide range of insurance and vision plans. We've also got good news if you're new to us, be sure to ask about our first-time client specials!