New Jersey Macular Degeneration Treatment Specialists
Also Serving Mercer County, Middlesex County, Bucks County
Macular degeneration, also known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD or ARMD), is a serious eye disease that usually affects adults over 65 years of age. It is associated with vision loss in the center of the visual field (macula) due to damage to the retina. The macular region of the eye is responsible for central vision as well as detailed vision. Individuals who suffer from macular degeneration often experience fuzzy, distorted vision and have difficulty performing detailed tasks. Research suggests that nearly 2 million people in the United States suffer from AMD. There are two types of macular degeneration that can lead to severe damage of the retina and thus impaired vision and, in some cases, complete blindness.
Dry macular degeneration is often associated with drusen, or yellow deposits located in the back of the eye. The spots are thought to be particles of damaged tissue from the macular region. Dry macular degeneration often leads to thinning of the macular tissue and if left untreated can progress to wet AMD and/or geographic atrophy (GA), which is associated with permanent vision impairment.
Wet macular degeneration is less common but much more severe than dry AMD. Wet AMD occurs when the body, in an attempt to supply more nutrients and oxygen to the eyes, begins to grow new vessels in the retina. This abnormal vessel growth, often associated with leaking blood and fluids, can create scarring and thus severe central vision loss. Approximately 10 percent of individuals who suffer from dry AMD gradually develop wet macular degeneration.
Macular Degeneration Treatment in New Jersey
Campus Eye Group’s fellowship-trained eye surgeons first diagnose the type of AMD using a series of advanced vision tests. Once the severity level of AMD is identified, Middlesex County / New Jersey macular degeneration patients are provided with a tailored treatment plan to slow the progress of the disease, thus preventing vision loss.
While macular degeneration cannot be cured, our top Mercer County, New Jersey physicians may utilize a combination of well-known, effective treatments that can help prevent further damage. Laser treatments and certain medications, including Avastin, have been quite effective for patients suffering from AMD. Avastin, known for its cancer-fighting abilities, is a revolutionary drug that paralyzes the growth of abnormal blood vessels. If Avastin is injected into the eye within the first six to 12 months of onset of AMD, patients often see a slowing in the process of the disease. However, like many medications, Avastin is associated with rare yet serious side effects that should be discussed with your Campus Eye Group physician.
In addition to Avastin, our macular degeneration team at Campus Eye Group may recommend a combination of nutrients known to promote eye health. In fact, research indicates that increased consumption of zinc, lutein and Vitamins A, C, and E may assist in the treatment and prevention of AMD.
Macular Degeneration Consultation
Macular degeneration requires immediate attention by an experienced Campus Eye Group specialist. If you believe that you may have AMD, you should schedule a consultation appointment with a top New Jersey eye surgeon at Campus Eye Group.
Our distinguished eye surgeons also specialize in New Jersey LASIK vision correction surgery and cataract surgery with intraocular lens implants, including the accommodating Crystalens. In fact, Campus Eye Group is a full-service facility composed of an eye practice, an ambulatory eye surgery suite, a leading-edge LASIK center and an additional consultation center where specialty physicians see patients suffering from serious eye conditions, including diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma.