Technologies To Help You Cope With Loss Of Eyesight Due To Macular Degeneration

It's always a bit frightening when you suffer from the condition known as macular degeneration, which causes you to lose your vision. There is currently no known cure for the condition, but there are technologies out there that can help you cope with the problem surprisingly well at all stages of the disease.

Vision-Enhancing Surgery

If you're still in the fairly early stages of macular degeneration, you can get eye surgery to improve your eyesight and help prevent or at least slow down eye damage that the condition causes. At a certain point of degeneration, you may not be able to receive eye surgery to help anymore, but it's always worth checking with your doctor first.

It's also worth noting that there are two types of macular degeneration, including the "wet" type and the "dry" type. The statistics are that 10% of patients have the wet type, and 90% with the disease have the dry type, and this type causes loss of eyesight slowly.

The difference has to do with the blood vessels in the eye that leak, which is why one type of the disease is called "wet."

One of the most common and effective ways for improving vision is specifically through laser eye surgery. This approach can help to reshape the surface of the eye to increase the eye's focus without being intrusive. Many laser eye procedures can help with other related vision problems as well, such as cataracts.

Laser eye surgery may not be effective on all forms of macular degeneration so it's worth consulting a doctor.

Bionic Eyes

Once your vision gets dim enough, further surgery may not be advisable. However, there are other methods for getting some sight back anyway. An example of a technology that's currently emerging to help with this problem is the bionic eye.

In fact, this technology recently allowed a blind man to see again. The technology works through bypassing a damaged retina and sending images from a camera in a pair of glasses directly to the optic nerve.

The technology is still in its beginning stages and only returns crude sight currently, but there are plans to expand it so that people could eventually use the technology to see more and more effectively even if their eyes themselves are failing them.

In time, vision aids like the bionic eye could be used to treat not just macular degeneration, but many other conditions that rob people of their eyesight. Talk to experts such as Eye Institute of South Jersey for more information.