Macular Degeneration Eye Doctor

Macular Degeneration eye doctor in Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Rexburg and St. Anthony.


One of the most important reasons for regular examinations by your eye doctor is evaluating for the development of macular degeneration. According to the Bright Focus™ Foundation, this condition is the primary cause of loss of vision and blindness in older individuals ages 60 and above and is known under these circumstances as age-related macular degeneration.

Studies conducted by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) indicate that 10 to 15 million Americans have a diagnosis of age-related macular degeneration. Moreover, macular degeneration is a world-wide problem as the second most frequent cause of irreversible blindness globally.

Eye Anatomy

When we think of our "eyes", we usually imagine the outer eye anatomy with the round pupil and white sclera. Eyesight -- or the lack of it -- is more often caused by damage to the unseen structures behind the pupil. One of these inner, unseen structures is the retina which contains "photoreceptor" cells.

These cells pick up signals of light, movement and color that are translated by the brain into images. The back of the retina -- on the opposite side of the eyeball from the pupil -- is the retina's center, the macula. The macula processes signals that allow us to see straight ahead and with clarity, color, contrast and detail.

The science of optometry and ophthalmology, classify macular degeneration into one of two types: dry or wet. Diagnoses can change from one type to the other. The difference between the types can best be remembered by associating "wet" with blood vessels.

Dry Macular Degeneration

This type of damage is the most common form, accounting for approximately 90 percent of macular degeneration diagnoses. Yellow-colored metabolic waste products known as “drusen” collect beneath the retina, causing a painless but progressive damage to retinal cells.

This form of the disease usually progresses more slowly than does the wet form, however, its ultimate result can be devastating: sufferers may be left without any central version. Imagine a large dark "ball" blocking most of your site all of the time.

Peripheral vision is all that may remain, markedly impairing or preventing normal activities of daily living such as driving, reading, watching television, cooking and any work that requires small, detail-oriented work.

Wet Macular Degeneration

Wet macular degeneration makes up only 10 percent of this condition's diagnoses but is the culprit in legal blindness 90 percent of the time. In this form of the disease, the body attempts to make up for the death of photoreceptors cells by growing new, but fragile, blood vessels behind the macula.

Leaking blood vessels can further impair sight and cause permanent scarring of the macula. Symptoms of the damage are similar to that of dry macular degeneration, however, its progress can take place rapidly.

Request an Appointment

If you have noticed vision loss, call your Summit Eyecare eye doctor to determine if macular degeneration may be the underlying cause.

Locations

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Idaho Falls
1689 Pancheri Dr. Idaho Falls, ID 83402
Phone:208-529-4333
Fax: 208-529-4366




Idaho Falls
3351 Merlin Dr. Idaho Falls, ID 83404
Phone:208-522-5594
Fax: 208-552-2240




Pocatello
301 S. 4th Ave C-2 Pocatello, ID 83201
Phone:208-637-0841
Fax: 208-237-6922




St. Anthony
45 West 1st North St. Anthony, ID 83445
Phone:208-624-3231
Fax: 208-624-3334




Rexburg
24 E Main St Rexburg, ID 83440
Phone:208-356-0881
Fax: 208-359-9680



Hours of Operation

Our Regular Schedule

Idaho Falls - Pancheri

Monday:

8:30 am-5:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:30 am-5:00 pm

Wednesday:

7:00 am-7:00 pm

Thursday:

8:30 am-5:00 pm

Friday:

8:30 am-4:00 pm

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed

Idaho Falls - Merlin

Monday:

8:30 am-5:00 pm

Tuesday:

7:00 am-7:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:30 am-5:00 pm

Thursday:

8:30 am-7:00 pm

Friday:

8:30 am-4:00 pm

Saturday:

By Appt.

Closed

Sunday:

Closed

Pocatello

Monday:

8:30 am-5:30 pm

Tuesday:

8:30 am-5:30 pm

Wednesday:

8:30 am-5:30 pm

Thursday:

8:30 am-7:00 pm

Friday:

7:00 am-2:00 pm

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed

St. Anthony

Monday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Closed for lunch 12:00-1:30

Tuesday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Closed for lunch 12:00-1:30

Wednesday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Closed for lunch 12:00-1:30

Thursday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Closed for lunch 12:00-1:30

Friday:

9:00 am-12:00 pm

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed

Rexburg

Monday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Tuesday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Wednesday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Thursday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Friday:

9:00 am-12:00 pm

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed

Testimonial

Review From Our Satisfied Patient

  • "Experts in eye care, both Dr Birch and Dr Fleming are excellent in their profession and care for their patients. I would recommend both for yours and your family's eye care.
    Connie -"
    Idaho Falls