The Optiks Optometry Advantage:
Age-Related Macular Degeneration is a complex eye condition marked by the gradual deterioration of the macula, located at the center of the retina. AMD primarily manifests in dry (atrophic) and wet (exudative).
Dry AMD, encountered in about 80% of cases, is characterized by the thinning of the macula. It’s typically associated with small yellow deposits, known as drusen, beneath the retina. Dry AMD progresses slower than its wet counterpart and usually leads to a slight to moderate decline in vision.
Although less common, wet AMD accounts for most blindness from the disease. It’s distinguished by the growth of abnormal blood vessels beneath the retina, leaking blood or fluid, leading to a dramatic, quick loss of central vision.
Regardless of the form, early detection of AMD is pivotal in managing the condition and preserving vision as long as possible.
Early detection of AMD is crucial in successfully managing the condition and preserving vision. Regular comprehensive eye exams are essential, as the early stages of AMD often go unnoticed without significant vision loss.
Through a comprehensive eye exam, we can detect the presence of drusen and changes in pigmentation — both early signs of AMD. If left unchecked, AMD can progress to intermediate and late-stage AMD, which can cause significant vision loss.
In addition to regular eye exams, awareness of potential AMD symptoms also aids early detection. These symptoms can include visual distortions, difficulty adapting to low light, decreased brightness or intensity of colors, and a blurry or blind spot in your central field of vision can all hint towards AMD.
Monitoring allows us to detect changes in your condition and adjust your management plan accordingly.
Diet and lifestyle recommendations:
A diet rich in antioxidants, particularly lutein and zeaxanthin, and certain omega-3 fatty acids may help slow the progression of AMD.
High doses of specific antioxidants and zinc can slow the progression of moderate to severe AMD.
Low vision aids and services:
Low vision aids and services can help optimize remaining vision and maintain independence and quality of life.
Referral for treatment:
In the case of wet AMD, treatments like anti-VEGF injection therapy can slow or stop disease progression.
Your Ally in Age-Related Macular Degeneration Management
Discover how our specialized care at Optiks Optometry can help preserve your vision in the face of AMD. Benefit from our advanced diagnostic capabilities and personalized management strategies, all designed with your eye health in focus. Secure your vision’s future by scheduling an AMD consultation with us today.