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As your choice eye care team in the greater Williamsburg area, we are proud to provide the highest quality of eye health and vision care to patients of all ages. From routine eye health exams to contact lens fittings and eye disease management, our full-service optometry office is now accepting new patients. If you are one of the millions of Americans living with common eye health issues like macular degeneration, our skilled and friendly eye doctor is here to help!
Macular degeneration is a common eye health condition that is related to the natural aging cycle. As the macula or the small central area of the retina deteriorates, patients may experience a wide range of symptoms. The health of this area of the works to determine the ability to read, drive, recognize faces, watch television, use your computer and any other everyday task that requires the ability to see fine details. Among older Americans, macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss and the number of people affected by the condition is expected to rise significantly over the next several years.
While this type of degeneration is associated with aging, some research also suggests that there may be a genetic component to be aware of as well. Another possible cause may include the growth of new blood cells in the retina due to oxygen deprivation. Prolonged unprotected exposure to sunlight can also contribute to the disease. However, the use of proper sun wear like prescription sunglasses can help to minimize the risk of exposure to harmful UV rays.
For those living with this common eye health condition, the process of vision loss is typically slow and painless. However, there are rare cases where vision loss can be very sudden. Some of the early signs of this age-related condition include unusually fuzzy or distorted vision and shadowy areas in the central line of vision.
Some of the most common risks associated with macular degeneration include:
Preventative eye and vision care is the best way to catch the disease early on and begin treatment. With regular comprehensive eye health and vision exams, our experienced optometrist can keep track of your vision needs more accurately and provide several different treatment options.
You can easily help to reduce your risk of macular degeneration by always wearing proper sun wear when spending prolonged periods outdoors. With so many great sunglasses to choose from, there’s no excuse to not wear them. Additionally, making certain dietary modifications may also help reduce your risk of this common age-related eye disease.
Interested in learning more about preventative optometry care and eye disease management? Call (757) 229-1131 or visit our optometrist Dr. Schultz online today to schedule an appointment.