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Macular Degeneration Specialist

Center for Sight of New York

Comprehensive Ophthalmology Specialists located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a common cause of vision loss in adults 50 and up today, so it’s important to be aware of the problem and start screening for it as an adult. At Center for Sight of New York in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City, the experienced specialists use advanced imaging, including optical coherence tomography along with retina-guided visual field tests, to diagnose AMD, so they can help you delay its progression. Call the office or request your appointment with the online scheduler now.

Macular Degeneration Q&A

What is macular degeneration?

Macular degeneration or age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a common cause of vision loss in American adults. It causes a breakdown within your retina, which triggers central vision loss. The two types of AMD are:

Dry macular degeneration

Dry macular degeneration or dry AMD happens when photosensitive cells in the middle part of your retina, the macula, gradually decompose. This happens because metabolic waste products known as drusen clump together beneath your retina. You can experience vision loss with dry macular degeneration, but it's usually very gradual. Dry AMD can progress to wet AMD.

Wet macular degeneration

Wet macular degeneration or wet AMD happens when your eyes respond to drusen by growing abnormal blood vessels under your retina. The extreme fragility of these new blood vessels leads to frequent leakage and bleeding, which causes scarring and possible rapid vision loss. Although wet AMD only accounts for 10% of AMD cases, it causes 90% of all legal blindness related to macular degeneration. 

The most important thing to know about macular degeneration is that you can manage it with help from Center for Sight of New York. 

What are the symptoms of AMD?

Usually, the Center for Sight of New York team diagnoses macular degeneration during a comprehensive dilated eye exam before you experience symptoms. But, as the disease progresses, some common symptoms of AMD may include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Metamorphopsia (straight lines look wavy)
  • Difficulty seeing in low light
  • Increased glare sensitivity
  • Decreased color vibrancy

These symptoms can often start slowly, so it's not unusual to be unaware of the change until the problem is pronounced.

How is AMD diagnosed?

Center for Sight of New York uses state-of-the-art technology to make an AMD diagnosis. The team screens for AMD during all your comprehensive eye exams, typically by viewing your retina through a high-powered lens. 

You may also need advanced imaging tests, such as optical coherence tomographic (OCT) angiography, which scans your retina and produces detailed images. 

What is the treatment for macular degeneration?

For dry macular degeneration, there’s no treatment at this time. But, some dry macular degeneration sufferers can slow disease progression by taking a unique combination of vitamins and minerals every day. If this can help you, the Center for Sight of New York team recommends the exact formula and dosage.

For wet macular degeneration, Center for Sight of New York offers in-office anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) injections. Anti-VEGF injections can minimize unhealthy new blood vessel growth and reduce leakage. 

If you have AMD, Center for Sight of New York can help save your sight. Call the office or request an appointment using the online scheduling tool now.