Renew Eye Clinic
Michael Choi, M.D.
General Ophthalmology & Cataract Surgeon located in Buena Park, CA
Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in America, affecting as many as 10 million people. For residents in and around Buena Park, California, Michael Choi, MD, of Renew Eye Clinic is a valuable resource for diagnosing and managing this serious eye health condition. If you’d like to be screened for macular degeneration or are searching for treatment options, call the office to set up a visit or book online at your earliest convenience.
Macular Degeneration Q&A
What is macular degeneration?
Age-related macular degeneration occurs when the central portion of your retina, the thin layer of cells at the back of your eye, gathers images and transmits them to your brain for processing. Your macula enables you to focus your central vision and is essential for tasks like reading, driving, and seeing the fine detail in faces or objects.
There are two primary types of age-related macular degeneration.
Dry age-related macular degeneration
This is the most common type of macular degeneration and occurs when areas of your macula become thinner over the years, and tiny clumps of protein called drusa develop.
Wet age-related macular degeneration
This rare form of macular degeneration occurs when abnormal blood vessels quickly develop beneath your retina. These vessels don’t function properly and leak fluids, scarring your macula and creating blurry vision.
Dr. Choi can determine which type of age-related macular degeneration you have.
Am I at risk for developing macular degeneration?
Researchers are uncertain of the exact causes of age-related macular degeneration, but it’s clear that your risk level rises as you move through middle age and beyond. It also appears that a combination of genetic and environmental factors contribute to the development of the condition.
Caucasians have a higher risk level than African Americans or Hispanics. People of any race who smoke increase their risk by as much as 50%.
What are some treatments that can help with age-related macular degeneration?
As of yet, there is no cure for either form of age-related macular degeneration. Treatment for wet macular degeneration focuses on reducing abnormal blood vessels and slowing existing leakage.
Your eye health team can help you learn how to make the most of your remaining vision. Learning how to use your side vision can help you remain independent, and there are techniques you can learn to adapt to changing visual abilities.
There are also numerous low vision tools that can help you continue enjoying your favorite activities. Magnifying tools, electronic devices, and handheld computers are just a few of the available options.
If you notice changes in your vision, scheduling a diagnostic work-up with Renew Eye Clinic is an essential course of action. You can set up your visit using the easy online booking tool or by calling to speak with a friendly member of the administrative staff.