Here at the office of Dr. James Deavers, the number one Ladson eye doctor, you can trust that you are in the hands of capable professionals that truly care about providing you with the highest quality eye care services throughout all of the stages of your life. As you grow older, your eyes become increasingly susceptible to more eye conditions and eye problems in general, and so it is important to have an eye care professional, like Dr. Deavers, who you can trust with your eye health and vision preservation. One of the most common eye conditions that our Ladson eye doctor diagnoses and treats in older patients is macular degeneration.
Macular degeneration is actually not just one disease, but a group of related eye illnesses that have to do with a loss of detail vision, or central vision. The most common form of macular degeneration is age-related macular degeneration, which is why our Ladson eye doctor stresses the importance of knowing about conditions like macular degeneration as you advance in age. Age-related macular degeneration typically affects patients over the age of sixty. Age-related macular degeneration comes in two different forms—either “wet” age-related macular degeneration, or “dry” age-related macular degeneration. Dry age-related macular degeneration is a much slower process than wet ARMD, and dry ARMD is the more common form out of the two. Because dry ARMD develops so gradually, it can be hard to realize that there is a problem until the condition has gotten significantly far in its development. That is why it is important to have your eyes examined regularly, especially as you grow older.
Regular eye exams allow our Ladson eye doctor find warning signs that you would not be able to otherwise, allowing treatments to be recommended earlier and in most cases making the condition much more manageable in the long run. Wet ARMD creates much more noticeable symptoms, and so if you are experiencing sudden changes in your vision you should schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible so that we can preserve your vision and do our best to prevent the condition form getting worse.