Macular degeneration is the deterioration of the central portion of the retina, the inside layer of the eye that records the images we see and sends them through the optic nerve from the eye to the brain for processing. The macula, or the center of the retina, is responsible for focusing central vision in the eye and controls our ability to see and process information.
Although macular degeneration can occur naturally through old age, living an unhealthy lifestyle increases your probability; smoking, being overweight, or genetics play a crucial role in the likelihood of being diagnosed with this disease.
To prevent macular degeneration from occurring, we recommend regular eye exams, wearing high quality polarized sunglasses or sunglasses with a blue filter, eating various types of fruits and vegetables rich in color, taking a daily dose of vitamins, and living a smoke-free lifestyle.
Here at Mountain View Eye, we are now able to detect and diagnose macular degeneration years in advanced with our new AdaptDx. Through this technique, we are able to slow down the progression of both eyes before you start to experience symptoms.
To detect whether or not you may be suffering from macular degeneration, we perform macular risk tests as well as OCTs, ERGs, and dilated fundus exams. OCTs and ERGs are as follows:
- OCTs- During the Optical Coherence Tomography, or OCT, we examine cross-sectional images to define the location and nature of the changes in the retina and surrounding structures.
- ERGs- The electroretinogram, or ERG, is a diagnostic test that measures the electrical activity generated by neural and non-neuronal cells in the retina in response to a light stimulus.
For your convenience, we offer Macuhealth. Please visit https://www.macuhealth.com/ for more information.
For more information on macular degeneration or to schedule an appointment, please don’t hesitate to call us today at (814) 946-3937!