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Understanding the Progression of Macular Degeneration

Understanding the Progression of Macular Degeneration

The macula in the center of the retina processes images and sends them to your brain through the optic nerve. As you age, the macula starts to go out of focus, creating a dark, blurry section in the center of your vision. Optometrists refer to this process as macular degeneration. Understanding the symptoms and treatments associated with this condition can prepare you for the potential development of macular degeneration later in life.

Woman getting tested for macular degeneration.

Macular Degeneration Types and Stages

Optometrists recognize that macular degeneration can occur in two different ways, wet and dry types. The vast majority of degeneration cases follow the dry type, which results from the development of small drusen deposits beneath the macula. The wet type occurs due to the abnormal growth of blood vessels under the macula structure.

Both types can occur in three progressive stages. In the first stage, you will not experience vision loss, though your optometrist can detect the condition by performing an eye exam. In the second and third stages, vision loss will become apparent and slowly worsen over time.

Acquire Care from Your Optometrist in Des Moines

Although there are no treatments for the macular degeneration, your optometrist in Des Moines can help you slow the progression of this disease and protect your remaining visual acuity. Lifestyle changes are the best approach to slowing vision loss from this condition. Your optometrist may suggest that you abstain from all tobacco products, change your diet and exercise on a regular basis. You can also acquire high-quality sunglasses with full ultraviolet protection to shield your eyes from bright lights that may hasten the development of this disease.

Scheduling an Appointment with Your West Des Moines IA Optometrist

If you suspect you face a high risk of macular degeneration, or notice a decline in your ability to see clearly, schedule an appointment with your optometrist at Huseman Eye Care in West Des Moines, IA. You will receive complete support from our team to help control the symptoms caused by macular degeneration. Give us a call at 515-224-9681 or navigate to our online form to make your appointment today

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Merle Hay Office: 515.278.1653

Monday:

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Tuesday:

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Wednesday:

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Thursday:

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Friday:

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Saturday:

9:20 am - 5:30 pm

Sunday:

11:00 am - 4:30 pm

Valley West Office: 515.224.9681

Monday:

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Tuesday:

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Wednesday:

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Thursday:

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Friday:

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Saturday:

9:20 am - 5:30 pm

Sunday:

11:00 am - 4:30 pm

Valley West Office : 515.224.9681

Our offices are conveniently located in the Merle Hay Mall in Des Moines and the Valley West Mall in West Des Moines, Iowa.

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Reviews From Our Satisfied Patients

  • "I decided to get my eyes checked on a whim while I was at the mall and they were able to fit me in. The tech who worked with me worked quickly yet carefully. Dr. Brown was very kind, professional, and knowledgeable."
    Rachel S.
  • "Super friendly, helpful and efficient staff and Dr. Brown is always great to work with. I am very happy with the care and services at this office."
    Beth R.
  • "Had an exam yesterday, everyone was very nice. I also had my rowdy 3-year old and they were so patient as he was very curious to what was going on, they had crayons and paper for him. Dr. Katie was who I saw and she explained everything so well I had no problem understanding what she was telling me. I was impressed with how quickly I was able to see her since this was my first visit and check in went quickly. I would definitely recommend this company to anyone looking for a comfortable atmosphere."
    Ashley B.
  • "I was able to schedule a same day appointment which was very convenient. The technician was very helpful and explained all the tests that were performed. Dr. Brown was fast, efficient, and very through with my eye exam. I will continue to trust Huseman for my eye health."
    Marqui B.
  • "It is always a pleasant experience working with Dr. Soults and Dr. Brown at the Valley West clinic."
    Shane O.

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