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YOU CAN ELIMINATE GLASSES WITH CATARACT SURGERY

YOU CAN ELIMINATE GLASSES WITH CATARACT SURGERY

Would you like to decrease your dependency on glasses or contact lenses? This is now an option with the use of premium lifestyle lens implants. Individuals suffering from cataracts previously had only a monofocal lens implant option after surgery. NEW multifocal IOL technology provides multiple ranges of vision: near, intermediate and far, giving you the opportunity to reduce or even eliminate your dependency on glasses!

YOU CAN ELIMINATE GLASSES WITH CATARACT SURGERY

NEW TECHNIQUES IN TREATING MACULAR DEGENERATION

NEW TECHNIQUES IN TREATING MACULAR DEGENERATION

Did you know there is now advanced testing available for diagnosing macular degeneration?  Macular Risk® is a DNA test that identifies genetic markers associated with Macular Degeneration.  By analyzing these genetic markers along with smoking history, we can identify who needs more frequent eye examinations and who may benefit from eye vitamins. 

NEW TECHNIQUES IN TREATING MACULAR DEGENERATION

TAKE THE VISION CORRECTION SELF TEST

TAKE THE VISION CORRECTION SELF TEST

Are you seeking clear vision without the hassles of glasses or contact lenses? There are many vision correction options available at Kaufman Eye Institute. Take our Vision Correction Self Test to learn what options are best for you!

TAKE THE VISION CORRECTION SELF TEST

MEDICAL MISSIONS

MEDICAL MISSIONS

The physicians and staff at the Kaufman Eye Institute take great pride in helping less fortunate countries receive the eye care that is much needed. Click here to learn about our most recent medical mission.

MEDICAL MISSIONS

Macular Degeneration

Types of Macular Degeneration Treatment Options for Macular Degeneration Innovations in Macular Degeneration

 

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Age-related macular degeneration is the most common cause of impaired reading in the United States for people 50 or older. This disease can be associated with central vision loss or the loss of the ability to read, drive, or see objects up-close. There is a thin layer of tissue that holds vision cells in the back of the eye and it is a part of the retina.  The retina acts like a film inside of a camera and the macula is the central focus point of the retina.  The macula helps us read and see details up-close.  If the macula is damaged, it can cause central vision loss but hasn’t been known to cause total blindness. Macular degeneration has many different forms and not all of them are severe. Some people who have macular degeneration still have 20/20 vision and do not have symptoms but this disease will most likely cause a need for reading glasses and in minority of people, will cause central vision loss. Macular degeneration screening is imperative to determine the right Macular degeneration treatments.

Macular degeneration is a disease that typically affects both eyes, one usually worse than the other. The Retinal Pigment Epithelium (RPE) is the primary tissue affected with this disorder with secondary degenerative effects upon the overlying retina and underlying choroidal vessels. As a result, central vision deteriorates sometimes with profound effects.  Most patients who have macular degeneration fear that they will become blind but fortunately the disease does not affect peripheral vision so total blindness will not occur. 

There are two major types of age related macular degeneration and this includes the dry type and the w

et type.  The dry type of AMD is the most common form and affects 90% of patients.  Most of the time, patients suffering from dry type AMD will need more light to read and will have difficulty adjusting to different levels of light conditions.  Sometimes a patient with dry type AMD will experience a blurring of vision.  The symptoms will mostly affect daily tasks such as  reading or driving   The wet type is the form that is mostly responsible for central vision loss.  The wet type causes bleeding and leakage in the macula and this is due to abnormal growth of blood vessels, called choroidal neovascularization.  This can cause central vision loss, and distortion and blurring of vision.It is important to check both eyes to see if you are noticing a difference in vision.  Some patients may see flickering lights which can be caused by chronic leakage.

There are many things that can contribute to the causes of macular degeneration including smoking, obesity, race, family history, and gender.  If you have macular degeneration in your family history you will have a higher risk for AMD.  The disease tends to be a greater risk to women than men, and Caucasians are more likely to lose vision from AMD then African Americans. 

A comprehensive eye exam including macular degeneration screening will help determine if you are suffering from age related macular degeneration.  Call the Kaufman Eye Institute today to schedule an appointment.  We will help you determine what the next step will be in protecting your sight. 

Macular degeneration treatment is available. Dr. Kaufman and the physicians of Kaufman Eye Institute will discuss the macular degeneration treatment option that is best for you.

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Causes of Macular Degeneration


Can My Lifestyle Make a Difference?

Your lifestyle can play a role in reducing your risk of developing AMD.


Signs and Symptoms

If you have any questions about Macular Degeneration or your Macular Degeneration treatment options, please contact us at one of the Kaufman Eye Institute locations, serving the communities of Zephyrhills/Dade City, Sun City Center/South Shore, Bushnell/Floral City & Wesley Chapel/Land 'O Lakes/New Tampa/Lutz.