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Posted on 01-31-2017

Your Oak Park Optometrist Highlights Macular Degeneration Awareness Month

February is Macular Degeneration Awareness Month and what better time to discuss this eye disease by your Oak Park optometrist. At Compass Eye Care in Oak Park, IL we offer comprehensive vision and eye care solutions. Dr. Alex Tan provides macular degeneration treatment, as well as eye exams for detecting eye diseases. As such Dr. Tan wants to highlight some of the most important questions you can ask about macular degeneration.

Patient receiving glasses after a Macular Degeneration exam.

What are the Causes of Macular Degeneration?

Macular degeneration is caused by fatty deposits that form beneath the retina. It is also categorized as wet macular degeneration that is caused by leaky blood vessels underneath the retina. If you have dry macular degeneration this leads to blindness in the middle of your field of vision. In most patients, the condition advances with age. 

What are the Most Common Symptoms of Macular Degeneration? 

When you experience blurred or wavy vision on a regular basis, and it doesn’t go away but gets worse, see your Oak Park optometrist as soon as possible. This is the most common symptom of macular degeneration. Otherwise, there are no other indicators that you have this eye disease. As a result, it is imperative that you see your eye doctor at least once a year for a comprehensive eye exam. This is your safest bet for early diagnosis and treatment of macular degeneration. 

How Will My Oak Park Optometrist Treat My Macular Degeneration?

If you are diagnosed with macular degeneration by your Oak Park optometrist your treatment will vary. Typically macular degeneration provides relief from the symptoms of this eye disease while slowing its progression. This is because there is no cure for macular degeneration. As a result, macular degeneration treatment revolves around lifestyle changes and self-care. You may be advised to quit smoking, and you may be given a certain formula of vitamins known as AREDS to help boost your eye health. 

Meet Your Oak Park Eye Doctor today!

As your Oak Park eye doctor, we offer you comprehensive eye care services. Dr. Tan is ready to assist you beginning with an eye exam to test your eyes for macular degeneration. At Compass Eye Care we treat patients in the suburbs of Chicago, as well as Elmwood Park, Oak Park, Melrose Park, Forest Park, River Forest, and Berwyn, IL. Contact Compass Eye Care at 708-383-2150 to schedule an appointment for macular degeneration.

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