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Macular Degeneration Specialist

Nightingale Eye Associates -  - Ophthalmologist

Nightingale Eye Associates

Ophthalmologist & LASIK Surgeon located in Upper Westside, New York, NY

Macular degeneration is a leading cause of blindness in the U.S. Dr. Nightingale helps New York City patients understand their risks for AMD so they can reduce the likelihood of developing the disease or slow its progression, and also provides exams to look for signs of the disease in its earliest stages.

Macular Degeneration Details

What is macular degeneration?

Macular degeneration, or age-related macular degeneration (AMD), is an eye disease that affects the macula, the central portion of the retina located at the back of your eye. The macula contains the highest concentration of special photoreceptor cells called cones, and it's the portion of your eye that's responsible for clear central vision. In AMD, the blood vessels the macula begins to deteriorate, resulting in loss of vision in the central portion of your field of vision.

What are the symptoms of AMD?

The characteristic symptom of AMD is the loss of central vision, which may occur slowly over time or may develop very rapidly. Initially, central vision may be cloudy, blurry or dim, progressing to dark spots or empty spaces in your central vision. Although ti affects only the central portion of your vision, AMD can make it difficult or impossible to perform activities like reading, watching TV, driving or other daily tasks, and it can also make it very difficult to recognize faces.

How is macular degeneration treated?

AMD cannot be cured, but having regular eye exams and knowing your risk factors are critical to preventing AMD-related vision loss. Risk factors associated with age-related macular degeneration include:

  • smoking

  • high blood pressure

  • high cholesterol levels

  • obesity or being significantly overweight

  • leading a sedentary lifestyle

Taking steps to control these risk factors is important for reducing your likelihood of developing AMD or slowing its progression. In addition, some studies indicate taking specific types of vitamin supplements may help slow or halt the progression of AMD. Before taking any supplement, discuss it with your doctor first since some supplements can cause unwanted side effects, especially if you're already taking medication or have a chronic health issue.



Major Insurance Plans Accepted

Please take a look at the following list of plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed below.

  Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross of California
Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield
Beech Street
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida (Florida Blue)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan