Macular Degeneration Treatments in Colorado Springs

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD or ARMD) is one of the most common causes of poor vision after age 60. Because Colorado Springs is a popular spot for retirees we see many people that are seeking treatment for Macular Degeneration. ARMD is a deterioration or breakdown of the macula. The macula is a small area at the center of the retina in the back of the eye that allows us to see fine details clearly and perform activities such as reading and driving.
The visual symptoms of ARMD involve loss of central vision. While peripheral (side) vision is unaffected, with ARMD, one loses the sharp, straight-ahead vision necessary for driving, reading, recognizing faces, and looking at detail. The two anti-VEGF medicines commonly used today for treatment are Avastin (bevacizumab) and Lucentis (ranibizumab).  The minimum number of treatments is 3, but, having more than 10 treatement is rather common.

Although the specific cause is unknown, ARMD seems to be part of aging. While age is the most significant risk factor for developing ARMD, heredity, blue eyes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and smoking have also been identified as risk factors. ARMD accounts for 90% of new cases of legal blindness in the United States, and the state of Colorado is no exception.  

 

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