El Centro Macular Degeneration Treatment
If you have been diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration, you are at risk of losing visual acuity. But finding the right team of experts to manage your case can help delay the progression of the disease and prevent vision loss. California Retina Associates is the team of choice for individuals seeking macular degeneration treatment in El Centro. We base our treatment recommendations around the specific type of macular degeneration and severity, and work closely with every patient to determine the most effective strategy.
Nutritional Supplements to Boost Eye Health
Many doctors believe the best way to manage cases of dry macular degeneration is with an antioxidant-rich nutritional supplement. A specific formula is thought to prevent dry macular degeneration from progressing to the more serious wet form of the disease, and reduce the risk of vision loss. The AREDS supplement formula is based on the results of the Age-Related Eye Disease Studies (AREDS) conducted by the National Eye Institute and contains the following:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
Nutritional supplements with the AREDS formula are available over-the-counter.
Medications to Stop Blood Vessel Growth
In cases of wet macular degeneration, we use special medications to inhibit the growth of new, abnormal blood vessels that leak blood and fluid underneath the macula and retina. These medications are classified as “anti-VEGF” drugs because they block the VEGF protein that regulates the production of abnormal blood vessels.
Anti-VEGF drugs like Avastin are injected directly into the eye. Your eyes will be completely numb so this does not hurt. Usually a series of injections every month or so is needed to see the beneficial effects of treatment. Some patients recover some of their vision as the abnormal blood vessels shrink and the retinal cells reclaim function.
Other Treatments to Treat Abnormal Blood Vessels
Depending on your case, our El Centro macular degeneration treatment team may recommend an alternative treatment to stop blood vessel growth. One option is photodynamic therapy. We inject a special photoactivated drug into a vein in your arm and it travels to the tiny blood vessels in your retina. We aim a laser light at the blood vessels, which activates the medication and closes off the abnormal, leaking blood vessels. Sometimes repeated treatments are needed over time.
Another laser treatment we use to treat abnormal blood vessels involves using a high-energy laser light to seal off the blood vessels that are growing underneath the macula. However, this approach is less commonly used and blood vessels can grow back after treatment.
Macular Degeneration Treatment Mexicali, Calexico, Yuma, AZ
Individuals diagnosed with macular degeneration in El Centro do not have to travel far to seek the expertise of a trusted team. California Retina Associates has an office location in the heart of El Centro, conveniently located down the street from Southwest High School and El Centro Regional Medical Center. Our facility serves the entire surrounding area, including the following communities:
- Plaster City
- Yuma, AZ