Macular Degeneration in Nashville, TN
The most common cause of vision loss in patients over 60 years old is macular degeneration. Jeffrey D. Horn, MD, of Vision for Life offers macular degeneration treatment for the residents of Nashville, Gallatin, Old Hickory and the surrounding communities of Tennessee.
What is Macular Degeneration?
Located in a small area of the retina is the macula that helps with certain aspects of your vision, such as color and details. As we age, the macula goes through changes that can have an adverse effect on our vision. The condition is known as “age-related macular degeneration”, or AMD. The condition is further categorized as “dry” and “wet.” Most macular degeneration cases are the dry type which causes blurring and difficulty seeing details. Wet AMD is caused by the development of abnormal blood vessels on the retina. The blood vessels leak fluid and blood into the eye.
Benefits of Macular Degeneration Treatment
The goal of macular degeneration treatment is to prevent further damage to the eye and alleviate symptoms, such as:
- Loss of detail vision
- Blind spots in the field of vision
- Blurry vision
- Difficulty discerning straight lines
How is Macular Degeneration Diagnosed?
Macular degeneration is diagnosed during your routine eye examination. If you experience any of the symptoms associated with macular degeneration, you should schedule an evaluation with Dr. Horn right away.
Who is at Risk for Developing Macular Degeneration?
Macular degeneration happens naturally as part of the aging process, but some factors place you at higher risk for developing the condition, such as:
- Family history of macular degeneration
- High cholesterol
Macular Degeneration Treatment
Dry and wet macular degeneration require unique treatments. Dry macular degeneration cannot be treated in the later stages of the disease. For mild to moderate cases, Dr. Horn will recommend treatments that slow disease progression. Wet macular degeneration can be controlled with laser treatments or injections.
How Much Does Macular Degeneration Treatment Cost in Nashville?
The cost of your macular degeneration treatment may be covered by your vision and medical insurance. We accept cash, check and major credit cards, including Visa®, MasterCard®, and American Express®, for your out-of-pocket costs, such as a co-payment, deductible and co-insurance, and any other remaining balance. Financing is available through Alphaeon™ Credit and CareCredit®.
Vision loss can be caused by macular degeneration, a condition that develops as we get older. At Vision for Life, our ophthalmologist, Jeffrey D. Horn, MD, offers macular degeneration treatment for the residents of Nashville, Murfreesboro and the surrounding communities of Tennessee. For more information or to schedule a consultation, please contact us today!