Eye Conditions and Treatment

Macular Degeneration is treated in the Retina Service

Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration affects the macula, the tiny central area of the retina. The macula provides central vision, which is essential for seeing fine detail, looking straight at an object, reading, and driving. Although patients with macular degeneration retain their peripheral, or side vision, the absence of central vision can be a severe handicap. Age-related macular degeneration is a leading cause of legal blindness, one of the criteria being central vision of 20/200 or worse in the better eye with corrective eyeglasses.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Vision becomes blurry or distorted
  • Words seem to crowd together, declined reading ability
  • Eyeglasses do not help
  • Diagnosis made using an Amster grid

Treatment and Prevention

  • Anti-VEGF therapy

Eye Facts logo linkFor a deeper understanding of the diagnosis and treatment plan for macular degeneration, see Macular Degeneration Eye Facts.