Macular degeneration is a general term used to describe many conditions that lead to loss of function of the central portion of the retina (called the macula) that gives us our ability to discriminate fine detail. The retina is the specialized nervous tissue that lines the inside of the back of our eyes and allows us to perceive light. The very center of the macula (called the fovea centralis) is responsible for our reading vision and our ability to see fine detail in daylight.
Age-related macular degeneration refers to the deterioration of macular function occurring with advancing age. Macular degeneration can be categorized into wet and dry types. Nutritional supplements may be recommended for the dry type, but the wet type of macular degeneration requires timely treatment to prevent rapid deterioration of vision. Treatments for the wet type of degeneration may include injections of medications into the eyeball and/or laser treatments.
Dr. Whitmore’s office is equipped with the latest technology (high-definition optical coherence tomography) to help diagnose macular degeneration. He will assure that you get the best possible care through his network of highly-respected and well-trained retinal specialists.