Chula Vista Macular Degeneration Treatment
What Is Macular Degeneration?
Macular degeneration is a disease that affects the macula, or the portion of the retina responsible for clear central vision. As the macula deteriorates, routine tasks like reading, driving and even recognizing faces can be become challenging. Macular degeneration is often linked to the effects of advancing age, and thus abbreviated to ”AMD” (age-related macular degeneration).
Individuals seeking macular degeneration treatment in Chula Vista and the surrounding areas of San Diego turn to the internationally renowned doctors at California Retina Associates. Although there is currently no cure for AMD, we offer a complete range of solutions designed to stop the progression of the disease and stave off related vision loss.
How is Dry AMD Treated?
Normally in cases of early or “dry” AMD, our team recommends making lifestyle changes. For example, research shows that eating foods or taking nutritional supplements containing vitamins A,C and E, as well as zinc, lutein, zeaxanthin and omega-3 fatty acids may help delay AMD’s progression.
Being proactive about other lifestyle habits is also thought to be beneficial to people with dry AMD. We may ask you to stop smoking, lose weight or start or increase your exercise routine. Our ophthalmologists will work closely with you to fine-tune your daily habits in an effort to control dry AMD.
How is Wet AMD Treated?
Cases of wet AMD are a little different; usually with this stage of the disease, abnormal blood vessels start to grow under the macula, leaking blood and other fluid.
The development of anti-VEGF drugs has revolutionized treatment for wet macular degeneration. These drugs block a compound called vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), which stimulates the growth of abnormal blood vessels. We inject anti-VEGF drugs like Avastin directly into the eye to inhibit the growth of these abnormal blood vessels and prevent them from causing or furthering visual impairment.
Every case is unique, but we typically recommend three initial monthly injections. After that, we may continue with monthly injections or injections as needed.
Traditionally ophthalmologists tried to limit the damage caused by abnormal blood vessels growing in the macula and/or retina through laser therapy, such as photodynamic therapy or thermal laser photocoagulation. Photodynamic therapy involves injecting a light-activated medicine into the bloodstream, and then applying a cold laser to target abnormal blood vessels in the macula. Laser photocoagulation involves using a powerful laser light to target and seal off leaking blood vessels. We still use those treatments today when we feel they are appropriate.
“The doctors in this clinic are amazing. This clinic is not your basic Dr.’s office where they make you wait for a long time and when you finally get to the room they let you leave without explaining everything to detail. I had the opportunity to seek care here and they explained everything with such detail in order to educate you in every sense of your visit. They also have Spanish speaking Dr’s and it was a great benefit when it came to understanding what was going on. I highly recommend these Dr’s, you won’t regret coming here.”
Schedule a Consultation with California Retina Associates
California Retina Associates offers three full-service office locations where we treat macular degeneration and other disorders of the retina. Our Chula Vista office is conveniently located at the intersection of 2nd Ave and Third Ave, near Chula Vista High School. We serve all nearby neighborhoods and communities, including
- Otay Ranch
- Rancho Del Ray
- Bella Lago
- Rolling Hills Ranch
- Eastlake Greens
- Yosemite Dr
- Eastlake Woods
- San Ysidro
- National City
- Bonita Long Canyon
- Paseo Ranchero
- Eastlake Trails
- Eastlake Vistas
To make an appointment at our Chula Vista office location, please call 619.425.7755 today.