The Retina Group of Washington is the largest and one of the most accomplished and respected retinal and macular care practices in the country. What distinguishes us from any other local professionals are our combined years of experience and sub-specialties. Our skilled doctors have mastered the art and science of diagnosing, treating, and operating on the full range of retinal and macular diseases. The retina doctor in Columbia is Dr. Deborah Reid. Dr. Reid specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), Diabetic Retinopathy, Vitreoretinal Surgery and the full range of retinal and macular diseases. She has been recognized as a US News’ “Top Doctor”, a Washington/Baltimore “Top Doctor” and Baltimore Sun “Top Doctor.” Research has always been a focal point of Dr. Reid’s work, and she has served as principal investigator for numerous clinical trials, studying biopharmaceuticals and AMD among other eye conditions.
As an expert in age-related macular degeneration (AMD), our retina doctor in Columbia has over 20 years of experience. AMD is a painless condition that slowly blurs central vision over a period of time. It effects the macular that helps you see fine detail. In some people, AMD advances so slowly that vision loss does not occur for a long time. In others, the disease progresses faster and may lead to a loss of vision in one or both eyes. As AMD progresses, a blurred area near the center of vision is a common symptom. Over time, the blurred area may grow larger or you may develop blank spots in your central vision. Objects also may not appear to be as bright as they used to be. AMD by itself does not lead to complete blindness. However, the loss of central vision in AMD can interfere with simple everyday activities, such as the ability to see faces, drive, read, write, or do close work, such as cooking or fixing things around the house.
There are no treatments for early AMD, which in many people shows no symptoms or loss of vision. The retina doctor in Columbia may recommend that you get a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year. The exam will help determine if your condition is advancing. As for prevention, current research indicates AMD occurs less often in people who exercise, avoid smoking, and eat nutritious foods including green leafy vegetables and fish. If you already have AMD, adopting some of these habits may help you keep your vision longer. In addition to AMD, RGW offers a comprehensive list of retinal and macular services including diagnosis, treatment, and surgery for adults, children, and teens. For general eye care, or to treat a specific condition, come to the leading source of compassionate ophthalmologic treatment, the Retina Group of Washington.