Dry macular degeneration care at Mayo Clinic

The main goals of treatment are to delay disease progression and preserve vision. In many cases, damage that has already occurred can't be reversed, making early detection important. Your doctor will work with you to determine the best treatment. Options may include:

  • Low vision rehabilitation. The experts of Mayo Clinic's low vision services work with you to help you adapt to your changing vision.
  • Surgery to implant a telescopic lens. For selected people with advanced dry macular degeneration in both eyes, one option to improve vision may be surgery to implant a telescopic lens in one eye. Mayo Clinic's eye surgeons are experts in this technique.

Expertise and rankings

  • Expertise and experience. Mayo Clinic eye doctors (ophthalmologists) have extensive experience, treating more than 2,200 people with dry macular degeneration each year. Ophthalmologists trained in retinal diseases evaluate and treat people with macular degeneration.

    Staff at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, treat more than 1,500 people with dry macular degeneration each year. At Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida, more than 355 people are treated each year. At Mayo Clinic's campus in Scottsdale, Arizona, more than 375 people are treated each year.

  • Team approach. Mayo Clinic retinal experts collaborate with other specialists to provide care for the whole person. The goal is to improve your quality of life by preserving as much eyesight as possible and preventing further deterioration of your vision. And when you need help with dealing with vision loss, you can work with Mayo's low vision experts.
  • Advanced technology and treatments. Highly skilled Mayo retinal specialists use advanced diagnostic tools and offer the latest treatments for macular degeneration.
March 03, 2018