The leading cause of blindness in people over 50 is macular degeneration. This is caused by the growth of abnormal blood vessels under the macula, the central portion of the retina, the light-sensitive tissue that lines the back of the eye. Leakage from these blood vessels lifts the macula, causing distortion of central vision. Without treatment, the blood vessels scar, and the distortion becomes permanent.
While macular degeneration cannot be cured, its effects can be slowed or delayed with new treatments offered at Wolstan & Goldberg Eye Associates. Our surgeons can stop the bleeding and prevent the growth of existing blood vessels. Unfortunately, some new abnormal blood vessels can appear in time, so that repeated treatment is needed to preserve the best possible vision for as long as possible. After treatment, your surgeon will suggest a schedule of checkups to monitor the progress of the condition.