​​Deer Eye Clinic

 Ophthalmology Group

Office Hours:

​8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. M-F

Office Phone(501) 224-4701

Office Fax(501) 224-1003​

Optical Line(501) 224-4359

Office Hours:

​8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. M-F

Office Phone(501) 224-4701

Office Fax(501) 224-1003​

Optical Line(501) 224-4359

Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a disease that blurs the sharp, central vision you need for "straight-ahead" activities such as reading, sewing, and driving. AMD affects the macula, the part of the eye that allows you to see fine detail. AMD is a leading cause of vision loss in Americans 60 years of age and older. 

There are two types of macular degeneration. The dry form of AMD advances so slowly that people notice little change in their visual acuity. In wet form of AMD, the disease progresses faster and may lead to a loss of vision in both eyes. Wet AMD occurs when abnormal blood vessels behind the retina start to grow under the macula and tend to be very fragile leaking blood and fluid. The blood and fluid raise the macula from its normal place at the back of the eye. Damage to the macula occurs rapidly. With wet AMD, loss of central vision can occur

quickly. 

There is no treatment for dry AMD; however, preventative measures, such as taking eye vitamins and wearing eye protection, have shown to decrease the risk of progression. In wet AMD, the various treatments include observation, laser, surgery, and an injection into or around the eyeball.