Independence is a key component of having a high quality of life. However, blindness can severely limit people’s ability to take care of their needs. That is why eye doctors in New York stress the importance of regular eye examinations. Early detection can prove integral to slowing the progress of macular degeneration, a leading cause of vision loss. Macular degeneration affects the retina, which is the structure in the eye that aids in the transfer of visual information to the brain. When the center of the retina, or macula, suffers damage, it can bring on irreparable blindness. Like cataracts and glaucoma, macular degeneration may develop well before those with it begin to notice its effects. If this condition is diagnosed early, though, an ophthalmologist can recommend medication and other treatment options to prevent further damage to the retina.
Macular degeneration occurs most often among older individuals. If you are 60 or older and have not recently seen an eye doctor , call Dr. Mark Hornfeld at (646) 350-3391. Dr. Hornfeld can determine the status of your eye health and provide effective treatment for macular degeneration, glaucoma, and other causes of blindness.