Macular Degeneration Services at The Eye Lab

Macular Degeneration Services at The Eye Lab

Macular degeneration is a condition that affects the retina—the macular—of the eye. It causes deterioration of the retina, which in turn affects the quality of vision.

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Symptoms of macular degeneration include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Distorted vision
  • Dark or empty spots
  • Reduced colour perception
  • Difficulty completing activities that require ‘sharp’ vision (like reading and driving)

If you’re experiencing the symptoms of macular degeneration in Melbourne, visit us for a thorough eye exam. We can then create a customised treatment plan that will help manage your symptoms and preserve your vision.

Although there is no known cure for macular degeneration, early detection can slow the disease’s progression and manage symptoms so that you can maintain your independence and enjoy everyday activities.

Introduction to Macular Degeneration Care

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Comprehensive Macular Degeneration Treatments

We combine cutting-edge technology and compassionate care to diagnose eye conditions and design customised treatment plans that deliver optimal optical health and well-being.

Advanced Diagnostic Imaging

An Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Scan is a non-invasive imaging technique that takes high-resolution internal images of the back of the eye, including the retina. Our qualified and experienced team interprets the OCT Scan images to diagnose the presence of macular degeneration and design a treatment plan.

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Anti-VEGF Therapy

This treatment is used for wet macular degeneration, a form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). In wet AMD, abnormal blood vessels grow beneath the retina and leak fluid into the macular, which is the part of the retina responsible for central, sharp vision. In AMD, there is an overproduction of a protein called Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF). This therapy involves injecting anti-VEGF drugs directly into the eye to prevent further growth of abnormal blood vessels and reduce leakage from existing vessels.

Lifestyle and Nutritional Counselling

A healthy diet rich in fruits, leafy green vegetables, and fish can provide nutrients and antioxidants to support eye health. Lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy weight, quitting smoking or vaping, participating in regular exercise, and protecting your eyes from prolonged sunlight can help slow the progression of macular degeneration. We discuss these options with you as part of your treatment plan.

Low Vision Aids and Rehabilitation

Specialised glasses, including prism glasses, high-powered reading glasses and tinted glasses, can help with low vision caused by macular degeneration.

Other low-vision aids include:

  • Magnifiers
  • Tactile labels
  • Talking appliances
  • Lamps and torches for extra light
  • Large print items and audiobooks

Why Choose The Eye Lab for Macular Degeneration Care?

At The Eye Lab, we are committed to providing personalised care and treatment options to support your optical health. We use advanced diagnostic testing to ensure accurate results, and our experienced team is dedicated to creating a treatment plan tailored to your needs.

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Macular Degeneration FAQs

What are the early signs of macular degeneration?

Some early signs of macular degeneration include blurred vision, needing a brighter light for tasks such as reading, and difficulty adapting to low light when moving from bright to dark environments.

How is macular degeneration diagnosed?

There are several methods used to diagnose macular degeneration. These include:

  • A thorough eye exam using special eye drops to dilate the pupils.
  • An OCT Scan that creates a cross-sectional image of the retina.
  • The Amsler Grid Test, which measures gaps in the central vision.

What treatment options are available, and how do they work?

Early detection and regular monitoring are crucial for managing macular degeneration effectively. Treatment options at The Eye Lab include:

  • Nutrition and lifestyle guidance to help slow the progression of the disease.
  • Anti-VEGF injections to reduce abnormal blood vessel growth.
  • Low-vision aids, such as specialised glasses, improve your ability to perform daily tasks successfully.

Can macular degeneration be prevented?

Although macular degeneration cannot be completely prevented, you can slow its progression with early diagnosis and treatment options.

Schedule Your Macular Degeneration Consultation

If you are experiencing any symptoms of macular degeneration, remember that early detection is crucial to preserving your vision and finding practical solutions that help you maintain your lifestyle. For a comprehensive eye exam and personalised macular degeneration treatment plan, contact us or book online to secure your appointment.