169 Riverside Drive, Binghamton, NY 13905
Lasers have excelled as a tool for eye surgery and are used to treat many diseases that may affect different parts of the eye. The laser treatment itself usually takes a short time to perform, and in most cases, the treatment is painless and non-traumatic.
What is Age-Related Macular Degeneration?
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a blinding disease that affects the macula (middle of the retina) in one or both eyes. AMD destroys the central vision necessary for reading, driving, and performing other daily tasks.
There are two forms of AMD: wet and dry. The most common, dry AMD, occurs when the tissues of the macula break down or become thin, causing a small - but growing - blind spot in the middle of your field of vision. As dry AMD worsens, new blood vessels grow, which can cause wet AMD. When wet AMD occurs, these new blood vessels break and leak blood and fluid under the macula, which quickly causes vision loss.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of AMD?
- Straight lines, such as telephone poles, appear wavy
- Type in books or newspapers appears blurry
- Dark spots or empty spaces appear in the center of your vision
Who is at Risk for AMD?
More than 15 million Americans 60 years of age and older suffer from AMD. The cause is unknown, but the risk for AMD increases with age. Those at greatest risk are older, Caucasian, blue-eyed women with a family history of AMD. Smoking, high blood pressure, and a high-fat diet also increase your chances of getting AMD.
What Else Can I Do?
- Control high blood pressure
- Eat a diet low in fats and high in fruits/vegetables
- Protect your eyes from sunlight
- Quit smoking
How is AMD Treated?
Unfortunately, there is no effective treatment for dry AMD, although research continues. When detected early, wet AMD can be treated with laser surgery to remove the leaky blood vessels and prevent further sight loss.
Lourdes Ophthalmology Surgery / Laser Treatment Center has been designed with you in mind. Lasers for use in skin and eye treatments are conveniently located in a comfortable hospital setting. Every possible effort will be made to make your stay at Lourdes as comfortable as possible.
How to Get There
Lourdes Ophthalmology Surgery / Laser Treatment Center is located on the main floor of the hospital inside the Atrium.
Convenient parking is available in Lot G.
- Use the West Drive to enter the Lourdes Hospital campus (located at the traffic light at Riverside Drive and Kneeland Avenue).
- Proceed down the West Drive to the second stop sign. The Ambulatory Care Center and the new Main Entrance to the Hospital will be on your left.
- Turn right to park in Lot G.
- Enter through the new Main Entrance.
- Pass the reception desk then turn left to enter the main hospital.
- Proceed down the hallway to elevators 1 & 2.
- Take elevators 1 & 2 to the main floor.
- As you get off the elevator, there is a hallway to the immediate right; follow this hallway to the Atrium located on your left.
- Check in at the information desk just inside the Atrium.
- After you check in you will be directed to the Laser Treatment Center. (Take a left out of the Atrium then the Laser Treatment Center is the first door on the left.)
For further information, consult your doctor or call Lourdes Ophthalmology Surgery / Laser Treatment Center at 607-798-5991.