As the condition progresses, central vision deteriorates, making common daily tasks such as driving and reading difficult. Why the central area of the retina deteriorates in some people is not fully understood.

How the retina works

The central retina could be described as a rock sitting beneath a waterfall. For years of your life, the retina has been bombarded by light waves focused by the natural lens in the eye (like a magnifying glass). This process, with time, may begin to weaken and thin the retina.

Two types of retinal degeneration

AMD comes in two different types:

  • Dry AMD
  • Wet AMD

During an early stage (“drusen”), where the macula is starting to exhibit degenerative changes, tiny white collections of cellular debris accumulate under the retina. “Dry AMD” does not involve any bleeding or leaking fluid and does not tend to affect vision to the degree that is experienced with “wet AMD.” The only known effective treatment for wet macular degeneration is a regimen of high-dose minerals and vitamins that have been shown to be successful in slowing the progression of the condition. Dr. Soroudi is a top vision correction specialist in Los Angeles who provides eye treatment services to residents of Huntington Park, Woodland Hills, Encino, Santa Monica, Brentwood, Sherman Oaks, Calabasas, West Hills, Beverly Hills, and Westlake Village. 

Dry macular degeneration treatment: Dry AMD can be the initial stage of a more serious condition. The scar tissue associated with dry AMD can impact your ability to drive at night or perform other tasks. Some lifestyle changes and the use of specific supplements can slow the progression of the condition. It is vital that it is identified early and managed to slow the progression and the risk of future vision loss.

Wet macular degeneration treatment: Medical science continues to progress, and treatments for wet macular degeneration are now available. Medicated injections can halt the growth of additional blood vessels to reduce or stop the cause of vision loss.

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Dry macular degeneration with drusen

Which does not involve the fovea, the most central part of the macula (one of the most important natural structures of the eye, responsible for clear, crisp vision), may not significantly affect eyesight, but over time, can progress to becoming “wet macular degeneration.”

More advanced macular degeneration (drusen) with early foveal involvement.

As the condition advances, a thin protective membrane under the retina breaks and allows for multiple tiny blood vessels to grow under the retina and lift it. This is called a “choroidal neovascular membrane (CNVM).” Left untreated, these tiny blood vessels start to leak fluid, like a water hose with holes in it, and will rapidly affect vision. This is referred to as wet macular degeneration, which can have a devastating impact on eyesight.

AMD treatments at Soroudi Advanced LASIK & Eye Centers 

Soroudi Advanced LASIK & Eye Centers are located in Glendale, Los Angeles, and Westwood, CA. Each of our eye centers is equipped with the most advanced technology, and Dr. Soroudi is at the leading edge in the latest treatments for AMD. Your condition will be diagnosed and treated by an eye surgeon who has a reputation as being among the world’s best.

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