The retina is a thin layer of light sensitive tissue which lines the back of the eye. When light enters the eye, it is focused by the cornea and the lens onto the retina. The retina then transforms the
The macula is a very small area of the retina which is responsible for central and color vision. The macula allows us to read, drive, and perform detailed work. Surrounding the macula is the peripheral
Macular degeneration is the leading cause of impaired reading or detailed vision. It is caused by the breakdown of the macula, the central portion of the retina. Although macular degeneration causes distortion
Macular degeneration is most commonly a natural result of the aging process. With time, the retinal tissues break down and become thin. This deterioration causes a loss of function of the macula. In
A lighted instrument called an ophthalmoscope is used to examine the retina. With this instrument the ophthalmologist can see areas of the retina that might be affected. In addition, some special tests
Unfortunately, there is no cure for macular degeneration . However, there are methods of treatment using a laser that can dramatically slow the progress of the disease. There are two forms of macular
This procedure involves using a hot laser to concentrate a beam of high-energy light to destroy abnormal blood vessels. Unfortunately, this also creates a permanent blind spot in the field of vision.
This method of treatment uses a 'light-activated' drug, Visudyne, to slow abnormal vessel growth. The Visudyne drug is injected into the patient's arm, followed by the application of a non-heat producing