Although treatments for the condition have improved drastically over the years, Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is still the leading cause of blindness in older Americans. Thankfully, it’s possible for those diagnosed with the disease to save their eyesight, but that makes it even more imperative that those susceptible keep to regular eye exams with their eye doctor at Vision Optical. Early detection is important to success in treatment.
AMD is unfortunately common. When a person develops the disease, they lose their central vision. That means that they will be unable to see fine details; the deterioration in vision will affect sight both near and far. And it can be difficult to tell initially when the disease has set in; peripheral sight isn’t affected. And there are risk factors associated with the disease, although genetics do play a prominent role in development, and anyone determined to have a genetic susceptibility to the disease should make a care management plan with their eye doctor. It’s also possible that a diet high in saturated fats contributes, especially a diet high in meats, butter, and cheeses. Other factors include weight, tobacco use, age, and high-blood pressure.
AMD may sound scary, but your eye doctor at Vision Optical can diagnose the condition long before it becomes apparent. Your eye doctor will perform a test to see if you notice any blurry spots within your vision; the spots may also appear as distortions or blank spots. Then your eye doctor will look inside your eye with a special lens to determine if the eye has any apparent changes in the retina or macula. There are other possible tests to check for the development of AMD, and your experienced eye doctor at Vision Optical will be able to determine changes within the eye in the disease’s earliest stages; any positive diagnosis and you and your eye doctor can discuss the necessary treatments to save your vision.
If you or someone you care about is scheduled to receive a routine eye exam, don’t procrastinate. Call and make an appointment with your eye doctor at Vision Optical today.