The eyes are the windows to the brain. By understanding layers and cells of eyes, we can understand more of our ultimate mystery, the brain. Seeing the layers of live retina was not possible until OCT technology. HD-OCT shows even more details of eyes down to the individual layers. Some layers in the retina changes way before the vision changes. Macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic eye disease are some of many eye diseases that can benefit from this early detection technology. The eyes close association with brain also reveals changes in some systemic diseases such as multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s.
Dr. Youn strongly believes the HD- OCT technology and decide to offer this futuristic diagnostic test to anyone who is interested. We use Zeiss Cirrus HD-OCT ( Spectral Domain Optical Coherence Tomographer). If you have family history of central retinal disease or using plaquenil ( hydroxychlroloquine), or interested to analyze retinal ganglion cells in conjunction with MS or Alzheimer’s, ask us at the time of your appointment.
Macular is the center portion of the retina which functions like film in a camera for our vision. The risk factors for macular degeneration are: age, race, smoking, systemic lipid problems, and UV light exposure. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in the U.S.A. Most people with macular degeneration have the dry form, for which there is no known treatment. The less common, the wet form is associated with the formation of fragile blood vessels, resulting in bleeding and irreversible scar formation. The wet form can be treated with injection and laser procedures.
Some common symptoms of macular degeneration are: a gradual loss of ability to see objects clearly, distorted vision, a gradual loss of color vision and a dark or empty area appearing in the center of your vision. If you experience any of these, call us today to schedule your comprehensive eye exam immediately.
Recent studies indicate that certain vitamins and minerals may help prevent or slow the progression of macular degeneration. If you are 40 years or older, an annual, comprehensive dilated eye examination is an important first step to maintain your eye health. Early detection of AMD, along with utilizing vitamins and minerals may change how you see things.
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