Age-related macular degeneration 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 and is the part of the retina responsible for your central vision. Those with macular degeneration might have symptoms such as blurriness, dark areas, or distortion in their central vision, and perhaps permanent loss of central vision. It usually does not affect peripheral vision. At Hendrix Vision, we understand how important it is for you to receive proper treatment for macular degeneration.
Macular degeneration is the formation of deposits under the retina, and in some cases, the growth of abnormal blood vessels under the retina. With or without treatment, macular degeneration alone almost never causes total blindness. People with more advanced cases of macular degeneration continue to have useful vision using their side, or peripheral vision. In many cases, macular degeneration’s impact on your vision can be minimal. At Hendrix Vision, our comprehensive eye care facility will provide you with eye care for the whole family. We are a locally owned and operated business in Philadelphia, PA, and our ophthalmologist treats the full range of eye conditions and diseases by using the latest advancements in technology and medicine to streamline the process.
Our ophthalmologist can detect macular degeneration with a routine eye exam. During the exam, our doctor will find out more about your symptoms, past eye problems, and other health conditions by asking you about your medical history. He will also perform a visual acuity test, where you will be asked to cover one eye and read letters on a wall chart. Central vision gets worse over time in a person who has macular degeneration, and a visual acuity test can measure whether your vision has become worse since your last exam. The doctor may also test your visual field, which includes both your central and peripheral vision. Our doctor will also look inside your eye using ophthalmoscopy to check for possible signs of this disease.
For over 20 years, Hendrix Vision Center has provided eye care for the entire family. Our experienced staff is on-site to assist you with all of your eye care needs. Whether you suffer from macular degeneration or any other eye problem we are here to provide you with the highest quality care.