There is no simple cure for the disorder.
However, lifestyle adaptations can help. Some of the things you can do to slow the onset of the disease are: Eat a nutritious diet, take regular exercise, and wearprescription sunglasses to protect your eyes from ultraviolet light. In some cases, taking vitamin supplements can help.
Regularly monitoring your weight, blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels can help. Talk to your doctor and consult an eye specialist if you notice significant changes in any of these. Eye doctors recommend a regular eye exam for people over 65.
Our treatments at the New Jersey Eye Center aim to help patients make the most of their remaining vision. For example, magnifying lenses make reading easier. As with most diseases, early diagnosis of macular degeneration can help patients better adapt and cope.
The state of your vision alone is not sufficient to understand your underlying health and pathology. Anyone with a history of macular degeneration in their family, or any level of diabetes, should have a baseline evaluation. We strongly recommend this, as many retina disorders, if detected in time, can be rectified. After such an evaluation, we would advise on the next steps.
We recommend patients with “dry” macular degeneration come for check-ups every six months. These patients require only optical coherence tomography testing, ocular tomography, and occasionally an angiogram. We often prescribe certain vitamins to help stabilize their vision.
We can usually detect the rarer “wet” form of the disease during an eye examination. For this we use ocular tomography and fluoroscein angiography.