While there is no cure for macular degeneration, a skilled eye doctor with the proper training and experience can make a quick diagnosis and take prompt action to help protect your vision. The nationally-recognized team of eye doctors at California Retina Associates is uniquely equipped to handle macular degeneration and other retinal conditions. Utilizing the most advanced diagnostic tools and customized treatment options, we can spot early signs of this age-related disorder and help halt or slow its progression.

During your regularly scheduled visits with one of our retina specialists, we will be happy to discuss your risk factors and answer any questions about macular degeneration that you may have. If signs of the disease are detected, our San Diego macular degeneration treatment team will work closely with you to determine the most appropriate course of action.

Treating Dry Macular Degeneration

There is currently not an FDA approved treatment for the mild or dry type of age-related macular degeneration. However, lifestyle changes can be very effective at slowing its progression and preventing complete vision loss.

Our doctors have found that eating foods and taking supplements rich in nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, lutein, zeaxanthin, and omega-3 fatty acids can help slow the progression of dry macular degeneration. Other lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, losing weight, and participating in at least two hours of moderate exercise every week, may also be beneficial. We will be happy to work on an individual plan with you to help slow the progression of your AMD.

Treating Wet Macular Degeneration

When age-related macular degeneration progresses, abnormal blood vessels will begin to grow underneath your retina. These blood vessels will bleed and leak fluid, damaging the light-sensitive cells in your retina and resulting in a loss of central vision. This type of AMD is known as the “wet” version. Caught early, we can often seal these vessels and prevent leakage with laser therapy, such as photodynamic therapy or thermal laser photocoagulation.

When laser therapy is not an option or when additional treatment is required, we will use intravitreal injections, which are very effective. The medications that can be injected into the vitreous cavity include:

  • Avastin – an angiogenesis inhibitor and anti-VEGF medication that blocks the growth of abnormal blood vessels
  • Lucentis – another anti-VEGF drug that inhibits vascular growth
  • Triesence – a steroid that prevents the release of substances that can cause inflammation

The injections are not painful. Multiple treatments may be required over a period of a few months to see optimal results. These medications may be used alone or in conjunction with each other or other treatments, based on your particular needs. Our experienced eye doctors will discuss all of your options with you during your macular degeneration consultation.

Learn More about the Treatment and Management of Macular Degeneration

To learn more about age-related macular degeneration treatment in San Diego and the surrounding Southern California areas, please contact California Retina Associates and request an appointment today. We welcome you to meet with our team to discuss treatment and management strategies to preserve your precious eyesight.