Macular Degeneration Evaluation and Treatment
The evaluation for macular degeneration starts with a thorough exam, including a look at the back of the eye, called the retina. Dr. Dvorak will use a special test called an OCT, or Optical Coherence Tomography, along with a possible dye test.
If Wet Macular Degeneration is detected, injection treatments may be recommended. You may only need a few injections, but many cases require numerous injections given over the course of a couple of years or more. What is injected is a medication that stops blood vessel growth that occurs in Wet Macular Degeneration, allowing the retina to heal.
Dr. Dvorak has been fulfilling intravitreal injection treatments regularly over the past six years and is one of the most experienced Comprehensive Ophthalmologists in intravitreal injections in Central Minnesota.
Please contact Dvorak Eye Clinic to make your appointment with Dr. Dvorak.
About Macular Degeneration
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a deterioration or breakdown of the eye's macula. The macula is a small area in the retina — the light-sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye. The macula is the part of the retina that is responsible for your central vision, allowing you to see fine details clearly.
The macula makes up only a small part of the retina, yet it is much more sensitive to detail than the rest of the retina (called the peripheral retina). The macula is what allows you to thread a needle, read small print, and read street signs. The peripheral retina gives you side (or peripheral) vision. If someone is standing off to one side of your vision, your peripheral retina helps you know that person is there by allowing you to see their general shape.
Many older people develop macular degeneration as part of the body's natural aging process. There are different kinds of macular problems, but the most common is age-related macular degeneration.
With macular degeneration, you may have symptoms such as blurriness, dark areas or distortion in your central vision, and perhaps permanent loss of your central vision. It usually does not affect your side, or peripheral vision. For example, with advanced macular degeneration, you could see the outline of a clock, yet may not be able to see the hands of the clock to tell what time it is.
For questions or concerns about Macular Degeneration, please contact Dvorak Eye Clinic.