Macular degeneration is caused by the damage or breakdown of the macula, the central most portion of the retina that is responsible for keen central (20/20) vision. Early detection is very important as efficacy of treatments can depend on how early the condition is diagnosed. We encourage all patients over the age of 50, or patients with a family history of macular degeneration, to schedule an appointment with us for a dilated retinal exam. Contact us if you have any concerns about this condition or are exhibiting any symptoms, which can include blind spots, a distortion in the center of your vision up close or at distances, or straight lines appearing distorted. Keep in mind, however, that macular degeneration can cause different symptoms in different people and the condition can hardly be noticeable in its earliest stages. Schedule an appointment for a base line retinal exam.
While age-related macular degeneration and diabetes account for many of the retinal problems we treat at Associated Eye Surgeons, other disorders can also affect the retina. These disorders include retinal tears and detachments, occlusions of veins or arteries, foveal holes, epiretinal membranes, inflammations, injuries, and inherited disorders.
Dr. Kriegstein, a fellowship trained retinal specialist, treats these and other problems, using the latest surgical, laser, or pharmacological approaches.