Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is a common vision condition that affects people mostly in their fifties. This condition gets worse with time when not treated promptly.

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At Capital Eye Medical Group, we offer treatment for macular degeneration. Our eye doctor will examine you comprehensively when you have symptoms of this condition. We then offer treatment promptly to help you see clearly and prevent the progression of this condition.

Our ophthalmologist and eye care team are highly skilled and ready to help you achieve your vision goals.

We have clinics in Roseville, CA, and Grass Valley, CA.

What Is Macular Degeneration? (AMD)

It’s a condition that occurs when the macula (central part of the retina) wears down. This condition may affect one eye and then affect both eyes after some time. It may also cause the worsening of vision over time, which may make it hard to do everyday tasks such as driving and reading. Some people get affected by this condition severely to the extent that they can’t recognize other people.

Causes of Macular Degeneration

The cause of macular degeneration is not known. However, scientists associate it with environmental and hereditary factors. Lifestyles factors, such as smoking and obesity, are also thought to be contributors to the development of this condition.

Creams, Eye Drops, and Ointments

For mild to moderate dry eye, our ophthalmologist may recommend eye drops, creams and/or ointments. Eye drops are typically used during the day to keep your eyes hydrated and to reduce symptoms. Creams and ointments are placed in the eyes at night to help keep your eyes hydrated while you sleep.

Changing Medications

If you have one or more prescription or OTC medications that list dry eye as a side effect, our ophthalmologist may recommend talking to your family doctor about switching to medications that do not cause symptoms of dry eye.

Medications that Increase Tear Production

There are medications on the market that can increase your natural tear production. They can be prescribed as oral tablets or pills, eye drops, and creams.

Temporarily or Permanently Closing Your Tear Ducts

If creams, ointments, and switching medications doesn’t help alleviate your dry eye symptoms, our ophthalmologist may recommend inserting plugs into your tear ducts to close them. The first step usually involves inserting temporary tear duct plugs to see if this helps alleviate your symptoms. If it does, we may recommend permanent tear duct plugs.

If you are having symptoms of dry eye, give our Capital Eye Medical Group office a call today at (530) 273-3190 (Grass Valley) or (916) 797-6747 (Roseville) to schedule an appointment.

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