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Early detection & Treatment

Macular Degeneration

Early detection & Treatment

Macular Degeneration


Age-related Macular Degeneration, Tampa, FL  

At I-Care Optical, our experts can detect a range of eye conditions early on when treatment is most effective, including age-related macular degeneration. Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of severe vision loss in people aged 50 and older. Our eye doctor Dr. Neil Patel can diagnose this condition in its early stages, often before you notice symptoms.  

What is age-related macular degeneration?    

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an eye disease that affects the central part of the retina, known as the macula. The macula is responsible for sharp, central vision, which is crucial for activities such as reading, driving, and recognizing faces. In the early stages of AMD, you may not notice any signs. However, as the disease progresses, you might experience wavy or blurred vision or even blind spots in your central vision. Regular eye exams are crucial for early detection and management of this condition. 

Types of age-related macular degeneration    

There are two types of AMD: dry and wet.  

  • Dry AMD is the most common type, accounting for about 80% of all cases. It occurs when the macula thins over time, leading to blurry vision or blind spots in your central vision. 

  • Wet AMD is less common but more severe. It happens when abnormal blood vessels grow under the retina, leaking blood and fluid and causing damage to the macula. This can lead to rapid central vision loss if not treated promptly. 

Treatment for age-related macular degeneration  

While there is no cure for AMD or a way to reverse the damage, treatments are available that can slow its progression depending on the type of AMD. For dry AMD, lifestyle changes like a healthy diet and regular exercise can help slow the disease’s development. For wet AMD, treatments such as anti-VEGF drugs, laser surgery, or photodynamic therapy can help slow its progression and preserve your remaining vision. 

preserve your vision with early treatment

Schedule an eye exam for macular degeneration  

Regular monitoring and early intervention play a crucial role in effectively managing AMD. Our team, led by Dr. Patel, has the latest technology and expertise to detect and manage conditions like AMD early on. To schedule an eye exam at our Tampa office or to learn more about our services, contact us today. Your eyes deserve the best, and we are here to provide the best possible care. 


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