Ophthalmology & Optometry/Macular degeneration

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I am 37yrs and I went to get a routine eye exam but my Left eye couldn't focus even after the Dr added .75 to my current Rx. He dilated my eyes and noticed white spots on both my eyes but not in the center.  He was not sure why I continued to see blurry.  He also performed Amsler Grid test which I couldn't see the corners and I saw the lines curved. I went back and they did an optical tomography exam but the technician didn't dialate my eyes and made a remark about having a glare in my eyes which is associated to having procedures done. I have never had any procedures on my eyes and I've worn glasses/contacts for 25yrs. I've had no diagnosis other than I'm near sighted . Could I really have macular degeneration? I'm still waiting for optometrist to give me results.  Should I seek an appointment with an ophthalmologist?

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Having issues with the macula and actual macular degeneratioon are 2 different things.  If you have any unexplained vision loss and the macula is involved, you most assuredly need to see an MD somewhere down the road. Sooner than later.
Hope this helps,
Dr. Mike

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Michael J. Wojciak, O.D.

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I am an Optometrist with 25 yrs experience. I currently practice in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. I specialize in all types of contact lenses. Please forward appropriate questions pertaining to eye exams, glasses or contact lenses only. I will always attempt to be as "specific" as I can on my answers. This is often difficult when the questions do not provide enough information or visual presentation is needed. ***I will reject any question involving self-prescribing of contact lenses or involving contact lens measurements/comparisons (such as changing base curves, measurement comparisons between brands etc). Contact lenses are a medical device and need to be properly fit by your Doctor. Also in respect for patient privacy, I will not answer third party questions, unless a parent or guardian is asking a question about their child.*** I appreciate your confidence.

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Education/Credentials: B.S. Biology/Pre-Professional Studies, University Of Notre Dame, 1982. B.S.V.S. Visual Science, Illinois College Of Optometry, 1984. Doctor Of Optometry, Illinois College Of Optometry, 1986. Therapeutic Certification, Illinois College Of Optometry, 1996.

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Illinois College Of Optometry University Of Notre Dame

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