Macular Degeneration

Learn More About Macular Degeneration Treatment at Aurora

What is Macular Degeneration?

Macular degeneration, also called age-related macular degeneration, refers to a number of conditions that affect the part of the eye responsible for central vision – the macula. Central vision is the area you see in front of you and does not include the area you see to the side (peripheral vision).

Macular degeneration begins when part of the retina deteriorates. Age-related macular degeneration is the No. 1 cause of legal blindness in people over age 55.

There are two types of age-related macular degeneration – dry form and wet form. Dry form macular degeneration occurs when the cells of the macula break down, which leads to gradual blurring of vision. Wet form macular degeneration occurs when new blood vessels grow under the center of the retina and begin to leak. This leakage causing scarring of the retina, which can distort and even destroy central vision.

How is Macular Degeneration Treated?

There is no known cure or effective treatment for age-related dry macular degeneration. However, some studies have shown that antioxidant deficiencies, especially deficiencies of vitamins A, C and E, copper, lutein, selenium and zeaxanthine, may lead to dry macular degeneration. It’s possible that antioxidants may protect against age-related macular degeneration.

Wet macular degeneration has a number of treatment options. Ophthalmologists at Aurora Health Care will consider many factors before recommending the best treatment for you. Aurora ophthalmologists now offer injections to treat wet macular degeneration. They also use lasers, photodynamic therapy and medications as treatment options.

Why Choose Aurora Health Care For Your Eye Care Needs?

When it comes to caring for your eyes and vision, you want the best. And at Aurora, our ophthalmologists in Wisconsin and northern Illinois are dedicated to providing the best, most advanced eye care and treatments available today.

Because Aurora eye care experts work within the entire Aurora Health Care system, they can offer you so much more than simple vision care. At Aurora, you’ll get:

  • Expert care at any hour of the day – At Aurora, we have board-certified ophthalmologists on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to care for you if you have an eye emergency – even if it’s at 3 a.m.
  • Care focused on you – Every one of our ophthalmologists believes that involving patients in the decisions that affect them, making them a part of their health care team, and making sure they understand their condition and treatment options is the best way to deliver outstanding care. At Aurora, you can expect us to focus on you, delivering the best possible care for you.
  • Immediate access to referrals – Aurora Health Care offers hundreds of specialists under one roof, as part of one integrated health care team. Some eye conditions are signs of other conditions, such as diabetes, vascular disease and neurological issues. If your ophthalmologist sees evidence of other disease during your eye exam, he or she can make a referral to another specialist and get you an appointment right away.
  • Convenient care in multiple locations – Aurora has eye care specialists in a variety of locations across eastern Wisconsin. We have clinics, hospitals and surgery centers that offer the entire spectrum of eye care.
  • Care for infants through senior citizens – At Aurora, we have eye care ophthalmologists who specialize in eye care for both adults and children. Our pediatric ophthalmologists are specially trained to diagnose and treat eye conditions in children.
  • Innovation – You can expect innovative treatments using the latest advancements in technology, including:

How Do I Schedule a Consultation With an Ophthalmologist?

To schedule a consultation or appointment with an ophthalmologist at Aurora, call one of our ophthalmology offices directly. View the list of Aurora ophthalmologists.