Macular Degeneration FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about Macular Degeneration at Swift Optical


There are many kinds of eye diseases lurking out there, some of which have the ability to rob you of at least some of your eyesight permanently. One such sight-stealer, macular degeneration, may not be a disease that you know very much about. Check out these answers to frequently asked questions about macular degeneration at Swift Optical, serving Canton, Norfolk, Potsdam, and Norwood.

Frequently Asked Questions about Macular Degeneration at Swift Optical

What Is Macular Degeneration?

Macular degeneration, also known as age-related macular degeneration or AMD, is a condition that generally strikes later in life. It causes progressive, irreversible damage to a part of the retina called the macula.

How Does Macular Degeneration Affect Vision?

In its early stages, macular degeneration may not cause any noticeable symptoms, even though damage is being done. As the condition advances, you may start to see straight lines as wavy. You may also see blank or dark areas in the center of your field of vision. This problem grows worse and worse until only your peripheral vision remains clear.

What's the Difference Between Dry and Wet Macular Degeneration?

Dry macular degeneration, the first phase of the disease, is characterized by the appearance of yellowish particles called drusen on the retina. This phase doesn't always cause vision trouble. In the more advanced phase, wet macular degeneration, blood vessels leak into the macula, causing swelling and damage. New blood vessels meant to compensate for the damage only make things worse by causing additional blood leakage.

What Are the Risk Factors for Macular Degeneration?

Age is the primary risk factor for macular degeneration, since it usually becomes apparent after age 60. Poor diet, smoking, family history, overexposure to UV or blue light, and Caucasian ancestry are other risk factors.

How Do You Diagnose Macular Degeneration?

Our comprehensive eye and vision exams can spot even tiny changes in the macula or blood vessels of the eye, allowing us to catch the disease as early as possible.

What Kinds of Treatments Do You Prescribe for Macular Degeneration?

Dry macular degeneration is generally treated simply by monitoring the condition and recommending lifestyle or dietary changes. Wet macular degeneration may require medication to control blood vessel formation. Some advanced cases may also benefit from a type of laser surgery called photocoagulation. The sooner you pursue the recommended treatment, the more successful treatments tend to be.

We Have Your Macular Degeneration Answers in Canton, Norfolk, Potsdam, and Norwood

We're happy to help patients in Canton, Norfolk, Potsdam, and Norwood make the most of their eyesight for life. Call Swift Optical at (315) 276-3335 for a comprehensive eye exam to check for macular degeneration!

Contact Us

We look forward to hearing from you.

Hours of Operation

Our Regular Schedule

Swift Optical Massena

Monday:

Closed

Tuesday:

10:00 am-8:00 pm

Wednesday:

10:00 am-6:00 pm

Thursday:

10:00 am-8:00 pm

Friday:

10:00 am-6:00 pm

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed

Location

Find us on the map

  • "I have depended on Lorraine to keep me 'seeing' great and 'looking' great for years! So I am happy that at Swift I can continue to get the best of service and the best of quality. Their new stop has kicky styles too. Check them out!"
    Marcella L.

Featured Articles

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Why do I need to see an eye care provider? Many “silent” diseases, such as glaucoma and diabetes, can only be detected through regular eye exams. When these conditions are discovered earlier rather than later, they become easier to treat or manage, allowing for better long-term preservation of eyesight. ...

    Read More
  • Pediatric Ophthlamology

    Ophthalmology addresses the physiology, anatomy and diseases of the eyes. Pediatric ophthalmology focuses on the eyes of children. Pediatric ophthalmologists examine children’s eyes to see if they need corrective lenses or other treatments to improve their vision. Training for Pediatric Ophthalmologists Pediatric ...

    Read More
  • Allergies

    Caused by the same irritants as hay fever, runny nose, coughing, and sneezing, eye allergies commonly affect those who suffer from other allergy symptoms. Not only do eye allergies cause discomfort, but they can also interfere with daily activities. Eye Allergy Causes Medically referred to as allergic ...

    Read More
  • Learning-Related Vision Problems

    Learning disabilities may include dyslexia, math disorder, writing disorder, auditory processing deficits, or visual processing deficits. Although each child with a learning disability is unique, many also have associated visual problems. Addressing these vision disorders may alleviate some symptoms ...

    Read More
  • UV Radiation and Your Eyes

    Optometry warnings about the damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation on our eyes have not yet reached the degree of public awareness of that of skin damage. Yet, the sun can be just as damaging upon our eyes with unprotected exposure. Short-term exposure to very bright sunlight can result in a type ...

    Read More
  • How To Protect Your Eyes While Wearing Halloween-Themed Contact Lenses

    Spooky novelty contact lenses can make your Halloween costume even scarier, but are they safe? ...

    Read More
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy

    Fuchs' dystrophy (pronounced fooks DIS-truh-fee) is an eye disease characterized by degenerative changes to the cornea’s innermost layer of cells. The cause for Fuchs' dystrophy is not fully understood. If your mother or father has the disease, then there is roughly a 50 percent chance that you will ...

    Read More
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration

    One of the leading causes of vision loss in people who are age 50 or older is age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This common eye condition leads to damage of a small spot near the center of the retina called the macula. The macula provides us with the ability to clearly see objects that are straight ...

    Read More
  • Diabetic Eye Diseases

    Diabetes is a condition that involves high blood sugar (glucose) levels. This can affect many parts of the body, including the eyes. One of the most common diabetic eye diseases is diabetic retinopathy, which is also a leading cause of blindness in American adults. Diabetic Retinopathy Diabetic retinopathy ...

    Read More
  • Presbyopia

    Somewhere around the age of 40, most people’s eyes lose the ability to focus on close-up objects. This condition is called presbyopia. You may start holding reading material farther away, because it is blurry up close. Reading suddenly gives you eyestrain. You might wonder when manufacturers started ...

    Read More

Newsletter sign up