Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in the United States. Changes in the macula, a portion of the retina that enables clear vision, causes gradual vision loss, distorted vision, loss of color vision and a dark or empty area appearing in the center of vision.
Most patients with macular degeneration have the dry form for which there is no known treatment. The less common wet form may be treated with laser procedures if diagnosed and treated early.
Central vision loss due to macular degeneration cannot be restored. However, Dr. Monetta will prescribe low vision devices such as telescopic and microscopic lenses to improve and maintain a patient’s remaining vision.
Dr. Monetta will check for signs of macular degeneration during comprehensive eye exams for all patients over 60. This is essential to help detect and treat macular degeneration to prevent permanent vision loss.