Time takes its toll on many parts of the human body including the eye. There are several diseases that affect the eye as a person ages. Our retina specialist Sterling at the Retina Group of Washington can detect, diagnose, and treat these age-related diseases. Our doctors use the latest in optical technology to diagnose one such disease, age-related macular degeneration (AMD)and then employ innovative treatment options to help patients see better.
The macular is the part of the retina at the back of the eye that is responsible for visual acuity and central vision. Dry AMD, also known as atrophic AMD, occurs when yellowish deposits called drusen accumulate underneath the macula. This often results in blurry or distorted vision. Progressive dry AMD may lead to a chronic loss of vision in the central field due to severe damage of the light-sensing cells of the macula. One specialized treatment that our retina specialist Sterling uses for AMD is a CentraSight telescope implant, which uses a tiny telescope that is implanted directly into the central part of the eye of patients with end-stage AMD to help improve vision and improve the quality of the patient’s life. End-stage AMD is where the disease progresses to the point where central vision is irreparably impacted usually in both eyes. The pea-sized implant improves both near and distance vision.
After our retina specialist Sterling has diagnosed end-stage the patient will be tested using an external telescope to see if he/she are a good candidate for the CentraSight implant. In addition, the patient must be in otherwise good corneal health, have not had cataract surgery and have not responded to medications for AMD. If you are having vision problems give our office a call for a consultation with one of our doctors.