A specialist in macular degeneration is a doctor who focuses on the diagnosis and management of a condition called macular degeneration, which affects the central part of the retina, leading to gradual vision loss. They employ various treatments to slow down the progression of the disease, such as injecting medications into the eye to prevent abnormal blood vessel growth (anti-VEGF therapy), performing laser treatments to seal leaking blood vessels, and recommending lifestyle modifications and nutritional supplements to support eye health. Regular monitoring and early intervention by a macular degeneration specialist are crucial in preserving vision and maintaining quality of life.
Anti-VEGF therapy involves receiving injections into the eye that target and block the substances responsible for abnormal blood vessel growth, slowing down the progression of macular degeneration and preserving vision.
Laser treatment for macular degeneration involves using a focused beam of light to precisely seal leaking blood vessels in the retina, preventing further damage and maintaining visual function.
Lifestyle modifications and nutritional supplements
Lifestyle modifications such as quitting smoking, eating a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables, exercising regularly, and taking specific nutritional supplements as recommended by your doctor can help support eye health and potentially slow down the progression of macular degeneration.