Macular Degeneration

Did You Know?

You can reduce the risk of macular degeneration (AMD) somewhat by eating a nutritious diet and getting regular exercise. If you have a family history of AMD, wearing high-quality sunglasses when outside to protect the tissues of your eye can delay the potential onset of AMD.

Macular Degeneration Q&A

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is an eye disease that can cause central vision loss by damaging the macula, which is the central area of the retina responsible for detailed vision. AMD can occur in two forms: “Dry” and “Wet”.

Dry Macular Degeneration: the most common form of AMD, and occurs when the macula thins with age and tiny clumps of protein called drusen begin to appear. This can cause a slow progression of central vision loss. There is no way to treat dry AMD yet.

Wet Macular Degeneration: the least common form, but much more serious in vision loss. Wet AMD is when new, abnormal blood vessels grow under the macula area. These vessels may then leak blood or other fluids, causing scarring of the macula. This can result in faster vision loss.
Symptoms are often unnoticed during the early stages of the disease. Some people may notice:

•A gradual loss of ability to see objects clearly.
•The shape of objects appears distorted.
•Straight lines look wavy or crooked.
•Loss of clear color vision.
•A dark or empty area in the center of vision.

This is why it is important to have regular visits to an optometrist. The doctors at First Class Eye Care are trained to look for early signs of AMD before you have any vision problems.

Preventative care and regular comprehensive exams are key. Our doctors at First Class Eye Care are residency trained, and routinely look for early signs of AMD.
•Poor Diet/Nutrition
•Over 50 years of age
•Have hypertension or high cholesterol levels
•Caucasian
•Family history
•UV Light exposure
•Smoking
There is no cure for dry AMD, and unfortunately any loss in vision cannot be restored. However, researchers and doctors believe there is a link between nutrition and the progression of dry AMD. Making dietary changes and taking nutritional supplements can slow the progression of vision loss. For wet AMD, treatment often involves intraocular injections to reduce blood vessel leakage.

Our doctors at First Class Eye Care are both residency-trained in ocular disease and use advanced in-house technology to diagnose and manage macular degeneration. If you have macular degeneration, or are at risk, schedule an evaluation with us today!

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