Macular Degeneration

Are you experiencing blurred or distorted vision? Difficulty seeing in dimly lit conditions? Do colors appear less vivid?  

These could be signs of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD), a common eye condition among individuals over 50. Dr. Robert Pendleton and the physicians at Pendleton Eye Center want to ensure you understand this condition and the treatment options available to you.  

What is Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD)?  

First, it’s important to understand the purpose of the retina – the thin tissue converts light energy into impulses, communicating your optic nerve to your brain, thus processing visual images. When there is damage here, your vision is impacted. 

ARMD affects the macula, the central part of the retina responsible for sharp, central vision. Patients with ARMD may gradually lose their central vision, making it challenging to see fine details, both up close and at a distance. However, peripheral (side) vision typically remains unaffected.  

Risk is higher in those ages 50 and above, as well as those who smoke cigarettes, have an unhealthy diet, a family history of ARMD, or even hypertension. 

You may hear of “wet” and “dry” ARMD. Dry ARMD is more common, a buildup of fatty protein that causes retinal tissue to dry up. Wet ARMD occurs with a building of blood vessels that may leak.

Click here to learn more about the different types of ARMD. 

Symptoms of ARMD  

  • Blurry vision 
  • Seeing floaters, spots, or dark areas 
  • Difficulty seeing in dimly lit conditions  
  • Colors appearing less vibrant  

Treatment Options  

  • Anti-VEGF Injections: These medications are injected into the eye to help reduce the growth of abnormal blood vessels, preserving vision. Examples include Avastin, EYLEA©, or VABYSMO® 
  • Photodynamic Therapy: This treatment uses a light-sensitive drug and a special laser to destroy abnormal blood vessels in the eye.  
  • Laser Therapy: Laser therapy may be used to seal off leaking blood vessels in the eye.  
  • Prescription Eye Injections: Syfovre, the newest FDA approved treatment for geographic atrophy secondary to Dry AMD. 

Schedule a Retinal Exam Today.

If you are experiencing symptoms of ARMD or are at risk due to age or family history, schedule a retinal exam at Pendleton Eye Center. We will dilate your eyes and run a series of tests to better understand your unique situation. Early detection and treatment are key to preserving your vision and quality of life.  

Don’t delay – contact Pendleton Eye Center today at (760) 758-2008 to schedule your appointment and learn more about how we can help you manage age-related macular degeneration. Your vision is precious – let us help you protect it.  

Aside from macular degeneration, we treat other retina conditions here at Pendleton Eye Center including detached or torn retina and diabetic retinopathy.