Macular Degeneration and Laser Therapy

Macular Degeneration Photo courtesy of the National Eye Institute (NEI)

Macular degeneration, a serious condition of the interior of the eye that causes gradual vision loss in the center of our field of vision. This makes it difficult to recognize faces, read or drive.

There are 2 types, wet macular degeneration caused by leaky blood vessels under the retina and dry macular degeneration where the center of the retina deteriorates. Smoking and smokeless tobacco, and high blood pressure are the leading causes. Macular degenearation is the leading cause of vision loss in people over 60.

Vision changes include:

  • Blurred vision,
  • Change in the appearance of straight lines
  • Distorted vision
  • Difficulty in low light
  • Seeing spots

Are there treatments without medication or surgery?

In our clinic we have great success with Laser Therapy halting the advance of macular degeneration and even seen an improvement in vision.

Laser therapy uses red and infrared light for the relief of pain, to accelerate the healing and decrease inflammation. The light source is embedded in pads that are placed over the eyes and at the base of the head. The photons penetrate several centimeters and get absorbed by the mitochondria, the energy producing part of the cell. With increased energy the cells can restore and there is normal cell growth and function.

Laser Therapy for macular degeneration:

  • Stimulates Healing and Repair of Tissue
  • Increases Tissue Strength
  • Reduces Pain
  • Reduces Swelling/Inflammation
  • Promotes faster  healing
  • Stimulates nerve function
In addition there are a few supplements that are highly recommended:
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin C
  • Zinc
  • Copper