CentraSight® Offers Hope for People with End-stage AMD

People of all ages — particularly those age 60 and older — should have an annual eye exam that includes dilation of pupils to detect for signs of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Although it’s considered an incurable eye disease, certain treatments for AMD may delay its progression and help prevent severe vision loss.

At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Virginia – Fredericksburg our team of skilled professionals is trained in the diagnosis and treatment of end-stage AMD and, using advanced technologies, we can help improve your eye vision and quality of life.

AMD occurs when there is damage to the light sensing cells of the macula, the small area at the center of the eye’s retina responsible for most of our central vision. The disease is progressive and in its end stages, the macula reaches a point where central vision is lost in both eyes, making it difficult to perform everyday tasks. The CentraSight® treatment program could help improve your vision and reconnect you to the things in life you love to see and do.

CentraSight® is an FDA-approved medical telescope, about the size of a pea, which is implanted inside the eye to reduce the effects of the central vision blind spot caused by the disease. The telescope implant projects the objects that you’re trying to see onto the healthy area of the light-sensing retina that has not degenerated.

After a thorough examination and testing, we will discuss with you if you’re likely to benefit from the CentraSight treatment program. If so, our tests will indicate which eye should be treated and what your vision may be like after the telescope is inserted.

Optimal vision is our top priority

At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Virginia – Fredericksburg, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate eye care. If you are experiencing symptoms of end-stage AMD, contact us immediately. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.

See the Light: Early Treatment of AMD Helps Save Eyesight

There are many health conditions that can compromise vision, most notably macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of vision loss. At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Virginia – Fredericksburg our team of skilled professionals is trained in the diagnosis and treatment of macular degeneration — a condition seen most frequently in older adults, where damage occurs to the light sensing cells of the macula, the small area at the center of the eye’s retina responsible for most of our central vision.

People of all ages — particularly those age 60 and older — should have an annual eye exam that includes dilation of pupils to detect for signs of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Although it’s considered an incurable eye disease, certain treatments for AMD may delay its progression and help prevent severe vision loss.

Genetic factors play a large role in AMD, with heredity being a factor in 50-70 percent of all cases. Early detection is key, and one of the most effective diagnostic tools we offer is Macula Risk® PGx, which is essentially a DNA test that helps us identify people who are at high risk for AMD progression. These high risk patients are then monitored more regularly and given the appropriate eye therapy for maximum vision preservation based on the their specific genetic profile. Macula Risk® PGx offers the benefits of earlier detection, earlier treatment and better visual outcomes.

Optimal vision is our top priority

If you are experiencing symptoms of AMD, contact us immediately. At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Virginia – Fredericksburg, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate eye care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.

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Dry Macular Degeneration: The Most Common Form of Age-related Macular Degeneration

Advancing years bring changes to many people’s eyesight. One of the most common conditions that affects them is AMD – age-related macular degeneration – the leading cause of severe, irreversible vision loss in people over age 60.

At the offices of Retina Group of Washington – Virginia – Fredericksburg, our team of highly-skilled eye specialists is well equipped to diagnose and treat AMD, helping to manage the condition and maintaining the best possible vision for each of our patients.

AMD has two types: dry and wet. Dry macular degeneration, which is due to the thinning of the macula, (the part of the retina responsible for clear vision in your direct line of sight) is more common but less severe. Wet macular degeneration, which can develop as a progression of the dry condition, is a chronic eye disorder that causes blurred vision or a blind spot in the visual field caused by abnormal blood vessels that leak fluid or blood into the macula.

Dry macular degeneration usually affects both eyes and symptoms usually develop gradually and without pain. Patients may experience visual distortions, reduced central vision, the need for brighter light while reading or doing close work, increased blurriness of printed words, difficulty recognizing faces and decreased color intensity. Because macular degeneration doesn’t affect peripheral vision, it rarely causes total blindness.

While the exact cause of dry macular degeneration is unknown, research indicates it may be related to a combination of heredity and environmental factors, including smoking and diet.

Committed to your vision health

While there is no interventional treatment for dry macular degeneration, if your condition is diagnosed early, you can take steps to help slow its progression such as making sure you have regular eye exams, making healthy lifestyle choices and, if necessary, working with a low vision rehabilitation specialist to help you find ways to adapt to your changing vision. At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Virginia – Fredericksburg, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate eye care. For more information on our office and the many services we provide, give us a call today.

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Retina Doctor in Stafford

Macular Specialist in Stafford

Diabetic retinopathy is an eye disease that results from blood sugar fluctuations that are caused by either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. It’s a dangerous condition, but at the Retina Group of Washington, you get the benefit of working with our macular specialist so that you can be assured of the best outcomes possible given your unique situation.

The longer you are diabetic, the more susceptible you are to getting diabetic retinopathy. It is highly recommended that you see our retina doctor in Stafford once per year for an examination. If your diabetes is especially severe, it may be necessary to come in more frequently. There are no obvious symptoms in the early stages of diabetic retinopathy. By the time signs such as blurry vision, difficulties in color perception, the appearance of spots in your field of vision (floaters), and vision loss of any degree, it may already mean that damage has occurred that will not be reversible. So don’t take unnecessary chances. Our retina doctor in Stafford will do a thorough checkup. Some of the risk factors that are associated with diabetic retinopathy are tobacco use, hypertension, and high cholesterol. Women who are pregnant are also more likely. Wherever possible, it is a good idea to reduce your risk. If there is a positive diagnosis, possible treatment options will be discussed with you. In mild cases, you may only need to get a handle on your blood sugar level. Other possibilities include surgery, especially if there has been damage to your retinal blood vessels due to diabetic retinopathy.

Diabetes can be managed effectively, and so can its effects. Please reach out to our office and let us schedule a convenient time for you to come in and be examined by our retina doctor in Stafford. Attentive care is closely linked to better outcomes.

The Retina Group of Washington
1500 Dixon Street, Suite 204
Fredericksburg, VA Retina Doctor in Stafford
(540) 654-5333