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Macular Degeneration

What is macular degeneration?

Macular degeneration is a disease affecting the macula, which is the central part of the retina at the back of the eye. There is a genetic basis for macular degeneration, and it occurs in older patients.

What are the symptoms of macular degeneration?

Early symptoms are decreased vision a a distance and at near, which cannot be corrected with spectacles. Later the disease causes loss of central vision. Distortion of straight lines may occur. There are many causes for decreased vision – your eye specialist will determine if it is caused by macular degeneration or other causes.

Can macular degeneration be treated?

Yes. There are mainly two types: so called “dry” or atrophic macular degeneration, and “wet” or exudative macular degeneration. The dry form causes gradual loss of central vision, but the wet form may suddenly cause distortion followed by severe loss of vision.

Today there are various modalities available to treat macular degeneration. Tablets specifically formulated to treat the dry form of macular degeneration, or to prevent the development of the wet form are available. The wet form can now successfully be treated with modern drugs such as Avastin and Lucentis. Surgery can also be performed for advanced disease.

If you have macular degeneration, it is essential to monitor your vision for deterioration or distortion, and consult with your eye specialist. If diagnosed early, new treatment options can prevent permanent loss of vision.


More than half a century's worth of combined practice, professionalism, and utmost dedication to their fields of expertise assure patients that they're in the hands of experienced ophthalmologists.



The George Surgical Centre, established in 2012, is a world-class day hospital dedicated to modern Eye Surgery. Other procedures such as Cosmetic Surgery, is also performed here. Easy access via George Airport enables service delivery to patients from other areas outside the Southern Cape.



Garden Route Eye Clinic is equipped to perform specialist eye treatment and advanced eye surgery. We utilise only the latest methods and modern equipment to ensure that our patients receive the best possible eye treatment.


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