A large portion of the population lives the majority of their lives with vision impairment. However, others enjoy clear eyesight for years, only to experience a loss of vision as they age and eye conditions develop. Routine eye exams to monitor eye health and vision are the best way to diagnose such eye conditions early on when they can still be easily managed or treated, so that vision can be preserved.
At Choate Eye Associates, Dr. Walter Choate offers a comprehensive range of eye care services, including treatment for some of the most common eye conditions. Here, we’ll be discussing eye conditions that are known to affect the central vision. Vision conditions that affect central vision can leave our Nashville, TN patients struggling to perform day-to-day tasks. Fortunately, Dr. Choate can provide treatment to manage these conditions and improve the quality of life for patients.
Although most people tend to think of vision as one broad process, vision conditions can affect central vision and peripheral vision. Central vision describes that which is used to focus on small detail. Central vision allows people to read, drive, recognize faces, and perform other detailed tasks. The part of the eye that is primarily responsible for central vision is the macula. The macula lies at the center of the retina, the sensitive layer of nerves that sits at the back of the eye. If the macula becomes damaged in any way, central vision will be compromised.
Any eye condition that wears down or damages the macula is likely to result in a loss of central vision. The most common causes of central vision loss include:
Central vision is vital to a multitude of daily tasks, so it is important to treat any macular conditions as soon as possible so that central vision can be preserved. Dr. Choate offers a variety of eye treatments for a full range of retinal conditions, including those responsible for central vision loss.
Treatments may include prescription eye wear, medication, or laser treatment. The treatment plan that is right for each patient will depend on what is causing central vision loss, as well as the specific needs of each patient. Dr. Choate will personalize a treatment plan that is appropriate for each patient.
If you have experienced a change in vision, it is important to see an experienced eye doctor as soon as possible. Contact us at your earliest convenience to learn more about the comprehensive range of eye care services available at Choate Eye Associates.