Macular degeneration is the progressive deterioration of a critical region of the retina called the macula. The macula is a 3-5 mm area in the retina that is responsible for central vision. The deterioration of the macula leads to irreversible loss of central vision, although peripheral vision is retained. In the early stages, vision may be grey, hazy, or distorted.

Age is a major factor in the deterioration of the macula but a family history of macular degeneration and smoking can increase the risk of developing this ocular disease. This disease has few symptoms in primary stages so, regular eye exams are an important step in early diagnosing macular degeneration.

The physicians at VICTORIA EYE have many tools and techniques they use to diagnose and monitor macular degeneration. VICTORIA EYE Ophthalmologists perform dilated ocular exams to identify the health of their patient’s eyes. During these exams, ocular diseases and deficiencies can be detected. OCT images and Retinal Photos are used to document the state of the macula and monitor any changes. To find out more about the diagnostic testing that helps our physicians provide the highest quality of care, visit our Diagnostic Testing page.

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