- Diabetic retinopathy
- Glaucoma and diabetes
- Diabetic macular edema
- Cataracts and diabetes
- Diagnosing and treating diabetic eye disease
The short answer is yes, you can have cataract surgery if you have age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The real question is whether cataract surgery will actually help your vision or not if you have AMD. The answer to that question is “probably, yes,” but it would be helpful to define what cataracts and AMD are to understand why that is.
To answer why you can probably have cataract surgery if you have macular degeneration, we’ll look at:
- Establishing the reason for your vision loss
- Can cataract surgery worsen AMD?
- Understanding macular degeneration and cataracts
The macula is in the center of your retina, which is the light-sensitive tissue in the back of the eye, and it helps you see fine details and colors at a higher resolution than any camera can provide. When fluid builds up or blood vessels leak in the retina, it’s referred to as macular edema, and this swelling can distort your vision.
With macular edema, colors appear washed out and vision may be blurry. As more blood vessels leak or rupture, the risk of serious, permanent vision loss increases. There are many conditions that can cause blood vessels to swell or fluid to leak into the retina and cause macular edema, including: (more…)
Macular degeneration is a relatively common condition that results in the loss of central vision. This means that when you’re looking directly at an object, whether near or far, your vision will be blurry and you won’t be able to see details. However, your peripheral vision is not affected. (more…)
Macular degeneration is a common condition that causes the loss of central vision, which means that an object will be out of focus when you look directly at it. It’s called macular degeneration because it’s a deterioration of the macula, which is the small central portion of the retina that’s responsible for central vision. When the macula doesn’t work properly, your central vision appears blurry, darkened, or distorted. This can greatly affect activities like driving, reading, cooking, and other tasks that require you to focus on what’s in front of you. Macular degeneration does not affect your peripheral, or side, vision.
Detecting eye diseases as early as possible gives you the best chance of saving your sight. Some of the most common eye diseases can blind you before you ever notice the first symptoms.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends that you get a comprehensive eye examination at age 40, which is when changes in your vision or early signs of disease typically begin. A comprehensive screening, which includes dilating the eyes, can help identify signs of eye disease at an early stage. Continue to have a comprehensive eye exam at least every two years after age 40, and at least once a year after age 50. (more…)
When it comes to preserving your eyesight, being proactive rather than reactive makes all the difference. Regular eye examinations are often put off until our vision becomes blurry or our eyes hurt or we have some other issue with our eyesight. But even if your vision seems perfectly fine, routine eye examinations are vitally important because they are often the only way to detect many of the worst eye diseases before they have robbed you of your sight.
Dr. Marc Bodenheimer says, “A lot of times, people will come in when they’re having problems and find out that if they’d come in two or three years sooner we could have kept them from having these problems. It makes it much more difficult to treat those problems at that point.” (more…)
You most likely know that your family’s health history is one of the most important risk factors for health problems like cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer. But did you know that genetics also play a role in numerous eye diseases, including disorders that are the leading cause of blindness among infants, children, and adults? While there are many eye or ocular diseases that are known to be caused by genetics, most of them are rare. Let’s explore the 4 most common eye diseases that you may have an increased risk of developing due to genetics. (more…)
If you’re experiencing frequent eye irritation or unusual vision changes, do you make an appointment with your optician, optometrist, or your ophthalmologist? What if you need to schedule a comprehensive eye exam, update your current lens prescription, or adjust the nose pads on your glasses? Would you call the same office?