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Posted on 02-05-2018

What Causes Macular Degeneration?

In addition to providing our clients with a full-range of eyeglasses and contact lenses, our staff at Vision Professionals of Leawood are here to help you diagnose and treat many eye conditions such as macular degeneration. The main cause of this ailment is the additional pressure that can exist in the eye area as we age. This increased pressure can lead to damage that causes a progressive loss of vision. When diagnosed in the early stages, it is possible to forestall the loss of vision, especially when effective treatment practices are introduced.

Woman getting tested for macular degeneration.

The Different Types of Macular Degeneration

There are two types of macular degeneration, wet and dry. We understand the effective course of treatment for both types, and advise all of our patients to undergo regular eye examinations, especially as they age. In addition to age, macular degeneration has also been linked to hereditary as a possible cause, and patients who smoke are also at a higher risk. Cardiovascular health can also play a role in who develops this condition, and patients who suffer from that condition should be aware of the signs and symptoms of macular degeneration such as blurred vision, and your ability to discern colors and fine details diminish.

Because the symptoms of this condition gradually worsen over time, we strongly recommend annual eye exams, especially for patients that are at a higher risk of contracting this condition. If you have a family history of this disorder or are noticing changes in your overall eye health as you age, please call us now to schedule a consultation. When diagnosed in the early stages, there is a much higher chance of maintaining your vision for a longer period of time. Patients may be in the early stages of macular degeneration and not be aware, which makes regular eye care even more important.

We are Your Full-Service Optometrist in Leawood!

If you are concerned about developing any eye conditions as you age, Dr. Jonathan Eck and Dr. Tyler Ohde are here to provide effective care and treatment of any eye issues that you develop. We are proud to serve as a complete care Leawood optometrist office through our work at Vision Professionals of Leawood.

Please call us today at (913) 239-9446 to schedule a consultation, our office is conveniently located at 5020 West 135th Street in Leawood.

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