What you need to know about getting macular condition treatment in Brooklyn and Manhattan

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Are you suffering from a macular condition?

These challenges may sound familiar…

Woman squinting

You’re losing your most important sense

You have a macular condition which means your central vision is affected. You may be experiencing blurred or distorted vision, or have lost parts of your vision completely.

Psychological distress

The uncertainty and debilitating nature of this condition can have a detrimental impact on your mental health. Anxiety and depression are not uncommon.

Done with dismal days

Living with a macular condition can dictate daily life. It can prevent you from leaving the house, increases your risk of falls and limits social interaction and independence.

Fight back

It’s time to stop this condition in its tracks. No one deserves to suffer like this. With our range of treatments, we can slow the disease’s progression, preserve existing vision and hopefully recover lost vision. It’s time to regain control.

Macular conditions explained

In these toggles we explain what you need to know about macular conditions

The macula is part of the retina and is responsible for all of our central vision. 

There are two important macular conditions:

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) 

This is a common condition that usually affects people in their 50s and 60s.

Symptoms include: 

  • Blurred or “fuzzy” vision
  • Straight lines appearing wavy or distorted
  • Blurry areas on a printed page
  • Difficulty reading in low light levels
  • Extra sensitivity to glare

Macular holes

This eye condition typically affects people aged 60 to 80 and is more common in women than men.

Symptoms include:

  • Blurred and distorted vision
  • Straight lines appearing wavy or distorted
  • Difficulty reading the small print
  • A small black patch or missing patch in the center of your vision
  • Macular disease affects people of all ages; however, it is often related to the aging process and is most common in people over 50.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) 

AMD has been linked to smoking, high blood pressure, being overweight and having a family history of AMD. It occurs when the macula starts to breakdown and comes in two forms:

  • Wet AMD: This is more damaging and can lead to severe vision loss.
  • Dry AMD: This is more common and occurs when the macula deteriorates, causing blurry vision.

Macular holes

We don’t know why macular holes develop. One possible risk factor is a condition called vitreomacular traction which can occur as you get older. The vitreous gel – a natural substance that helps the eye maintain a round shape – starts to pull away from the retina and macula at the back of the eye. This results in a macular hole or tear.

We can diagnose macular conditions by reviewing your medical and family history and performing a comprehensive eye examination which includes the following tests:

  • Examination of the back of your eye
  • Test for defects in the center of your vision
  • Fluorescein angiography
  • Indocyanine green angiography
  • Optical coherence tomography
  • Slit-lamp biomicroscopy
  • An indirect peripheral retinal examination

AMD treatment

Depending on the type of AMD you have, treatments may help slow disease progression, preserve existing vision and recover some lost vision if started early enough.

Dry AMD

Currently, there’s no treatment for dry AMD. However, you can slow its progression if you catch it early by taking vitamin supplements, eating healthfully and not smoking.

If your dry AMD is advanced, you may benefit from:

  • Low vision rehabilitation to help you find ways to adapt to your changing vision
  • Surgery, to implant a telescopic lens which will help magnify your field of vision

Wet AMD 

Depending on the severity of the condition, treatment may include:

  • Laser treatments
  • Intravitreal eye injections
  • Eye surgery – Pars plana vitrectomy

Therapies may include:

  • Photodynamic therapy
  • Photocoagulation
  • Low vision rehabilitation

Macular holes treatment

Vitrectomy: 

This is where we remove the vitreous gel to prevent it from pulling on the retina. We then insert a mixture of air and gas where the vitreous once was, putting pressure on the macular hole, allowing it to heal. 

Ocriplasmin injection:

If the macular hole is caused by vitreomacular traction, it may be possible to treat it with an injection of ocriplasmin into the eye. The injection helps the vitreous jelly inside your eye to separate from the back of the eye and allows the macular hole to close.

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For more information about macular conditions

Educate yourself further about macular conditions by reading the links below

This link provides an overview of the most common types of macular conditions. Click here to read more.

This link provides an overview of all other types of macular conditions. Click here to read more.

The link contains information and examples of what a macular hole may look like. Click here to read more.

Here is an overview of macular degeneration, its symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Click here to read more. 

About the expert

Dr. Samer Khosrof | Ophthalmologist

Dr. Samer Khosrof is a top eye surgeon in New York City with over 25 years of experience treating complex eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy and age-related eye conditions.

His extensive experience enables him to stay on top of the latest treatments available. He believes in the efficacy of medical technology and has the expertise to deploy the newest diagnostic and treatment techniques to treat his patients with 100% confidence.

When you become a New York Eye & Retina Clinic patient; you’re a Samer Khosrof patient first. This means he sees you before your surgery, he performs your surgery, and he provides your aftercare. In the end, you’re his patient, and he takes that responsibility very seriously.

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