Age-Related Macular Degeneration - Topic Overview
A doctor can usually detect macular degeneration by doing a regular eye exam and asking questions about your past health. You may have some vision tests, including an ophthalmoscopy. This test lets your doctor look at the inside of your eye and check for possible signs of this disease, such as drusen. These are yellowish white waste deposits that can build up at the back of the eye.
At this time, there is no cure for macular degeneration. But experts are exploring many new treatments that hold hope for the future. Your doctor can keep you up to date on any changes in treatment that might help you.
Eating food that contains lots of antioxidant vitamins and minerals may help slow down vision loss in some people with moderate to severe macular degeneration.1 Talk to your doctor about whether this might help you.
These treatments may slow down vision loss from the wet form of macular degeneration:
- Injections of medicine into your eye.
- Laser surgery.
- Photodynamic therapy.
There are many things you can do at home to make the most of your remaining vision. Try using aids like magnifying glasses, brighter lighting, and large-print books. Having a good support network is important too.
If you need more help, your doctor may refer you to an occupational therapist or rehabilitation specialist. These professionals can help you get the tools and training you need to cope with reduced vision. Local agencies may also offer services for people who have vision loss.
It can be scary to find out that you have a vision problem that may get worse. It is common to have a range of emotions. But if you feel very sad or hopeless, talk to your doctor.