Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a common eye disease in patients over 50 that leads to loss of central vision.
Although there is currently no cure for the disease, our Leesburg, FL, specialists can help you slow down its progression.
How can you manage this disease and preserve your vision?
Our Ophthalmologists Offer Various Types of Therapies
Diet and Medication
Drs. Jeffrey A. Sheridan and Craig D. Fishman usually combine vitamins, supplements, and nutritional instructions that include Vitamin C, E, zinc, copper, and beta-carotene—nutrients that can slow down vision loss. In some cases, we may also recommend intra-ocular injectable drugs that prevent the development of new blood vessels and prevent further vision loss.
Minimally Invasive Laser TherapyIf you are diagnosed with wet macular degeneration, our eye care specialists can perform two types of laser therapy. The first type directly destroys abnormal blood vessels within the eye, while photodynamic laser therapy first requires the injection of a drug that is later activated by a laser.
Advanced Surgical Management
We also offer submuscular surgery and retinal translocation surgery, depending on where your abnormal blood vessels are located. Our doctors perform these advanced surgical therapies at our co-owned state-of-the-art ambulatory surgical center.
Research Findings Are Promising
The Importance of Early Intervention
The gradual vision loss associated with macular degeneration can lead to difficulties in your daily activities, including cooking, cleaning, and driving. It can also limit your independence due to safety concerns such as falling and injuring yourself. Many patients with macular degeneration also experience significant emotional distress. As such, it is highly recommended that you begin treatment to manage the progression of macular degeneration as soon as possible. Regular eye exams can help you know when to take action.