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Age-Related Macular Degeneration Diagnosis & Treatment in Central Indiana

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Making Your Ocular Health a Priority

The macula is the central part of the retina at the back of the eye responsible for seeing details and objects in front of you, like faces or written text. As we age, the working parts in our eye can become weaker and more susceptible to damage.
When the macula or other parts of the eye become weaker, some people can develop a chronic, progressive disease known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD’s early stages often don’t present with symptoms, so annual eye exams are one of the best preventative measures to treat the disease before it leads to irreversible damage.

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Prevention & Treatment of AMD

Proper nutrition plays a vital role in your overall eye health and can prevent or slow the progression of AMD. Some of the most important nutrients we can incorporate into our diets are:

You can increase your intake of these vitamins and nutrients by adjusting what you eat and what supplements you take. A healthy, balanced diet that involves eating lots of leafy green and other pigmented fruits and vegetables can ensure you’re getting the antioxidants and nutrients you need.

Dry, or atrophic, age-related macular degeneration accounts for approximately 85% of AMD cases. It typically causes gradual vision loss. This type of AMD causes tiny clumps of protein, called drusen, to clump in the retina at the back of the eye.

There is no treatment to reverse dry AMD, but the right nutrition and UV protection can help slow its progression.

Wet, or exudative, age-related macular degeneration can cause rapid, irreversible vision loss. As the blood vessels in the retina at the back of the eye become damaged over time, the eyes grow abnormal vessels to replace them. The new blood vessels can burst, leaking blood and other fluid into the eye.

When fluid leaks into the eye, it can cause significant scarring on the macular tissue. Wet AMD can develop from dry AMD, or it can happen on its own. The best way to manage and prevent either type is to undergo regular comprehensive eye exams.

Monitoring your vision is the first and most crucial step to avoid permanent vision loss and damage to your ocular tissues. We may use an Amsler grid to test each eye and watch for changes in your vision. If caught early, there are some treatment options available to stop the progression of wet AMD and reverse some damage.

Symptoms to watch for are:

  • Visual distortions, such as straight lines appearing wavy
  • Reduced central vision or blind spots in 1 or both eyes
  • Difficulty seeing in low light
  • Blurred vision

Dr. Macha and his associates may refer you to a retinal specialist to treat wet AMD, which may include anti-VEGF therapy.

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Westfield

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651 East 191st Street
Westfield, IN 46074

Fountain Square

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1429 Shelby Street
Indianapolis, IN 46203

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10 AM5 PM
Tuesday
10 AM7 PM
Wednesday
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Thursday
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Anderson

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1537 South Scatterfield Road, and 1541 South Scatterfield Road
Anderson, IN 46016

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Monday
10 AM5 PM
Tuesday
9 AM7 PM
Wednesday
9 AM5 PM
Thursday
9 AM7 PM
Friday
9 AM5 PM
9 AM12 PM
Sunday
CLOSED

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Our Address

651 East 191st Street
Westfield, IN 46074

Contact Information

Our Address

1429 Shelby Street
Indianapolis, IN 46203

Hours

Monday
10 AM5 PM
Tuesday
10 AM7 PM
Wednesday
9 AM5 PM
Thursday
9 AM5 PM
Friday
9 AM5 PM
Saturday
CLOSED
Sunday
CLOSED

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Address

1537 South Scatterfield Road, and 1541 South Scatterfield Road
Anderson, IN 46016

Hours of Operations

Monday
10 AM5 PM
Tuesday
9 AM7 PM
Wednesday
9 AM5 PM
Thursday
9 AM7 PM
Friday
9 AM5 PM
9 AM12 PM
Sunday
CLOSED

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