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Regular eye exams are an important part of your overall healthcare, but they become even more important as people age. Certain eye diseases are associated with aging, and the early symptoms of these diseases can be detected during your eye exam. Dr. Cooper Pediatric Ophthalmology & Family Care provides comprehensive services that include diagnosis and treatment of common eye diseases, such as macular degeneration.
Macular degeneration, often called “age-related macular degeneration,” is an eye disease that affects the macula, a region of the retina at the back of the eye. The collection of proteins in this area of the eyes, as well as abnormal development of blood vessels, occurs over time and can result in vision loss in the central field. The disease is generally associated with aging, but other risk factors can also contribute to its development, such as genetics, smoking, a high saturated fat diet, and obesity. In addition, Caucasians and those of Chinese ancestry have a higher risk for the disease. Most people will develop the “dry” form of macular degeneration, but a small percentage will have the “wet” form of the disease.
The treatment for macular degeneration depends on whether you have the “wet” or the “dry” form. There is no specific treatment for the “dry” form, but research indicates that taking supplements, such as vitamin E, vitamin C, zinc, copper, lutein, and zeaxanthin can help to slow the progress of the disease.
A number of medications are available to treat the “wet” form of macular degeneration. In addition, photodynamic therapy or radiotherapy can help to reduce the overgrowth of blood vessels that is a characteristic of the disease. Treatment of the “wet” form of macular degeneration may include also laser surgery to control leakage from blood vessels and reduce blood vessel growth.
Dr. Kim Cooper utilizes her extensive training and years of experience to provide comprehensive eye care services for children and adults in Burlingame, CA and surrounding communities. We offer a broad range of vision care services, including the detection and treatment of macular degeneration and other eye diseases.
Call Dr. Cooper Pediatric Ophthalmology & Family Eye Care today at 650-259-0300 for an appointment to have your eyes checked and to learn more about the treatment of macular degeneration.