Macular Degeneration, also known as AMD or Age-Related Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of age related irreversible vision loss for adults 60 years and older. In the beginning stages of the disease, AMD patients may not experience any symptoms. However, AMD can be detected in the early stages by a Plant City optometrist during an eye exam.
AMD is a very serious eye disease. Macular degeneration screenings are typically done by a Plant City optometrist like ours at Strong Vision Center during your eye. Because it causes vision loss, patients who have been diagnosed with AMD need an exceptional eye doctor. Age-Related Macular Degeneration is a very serious eye disease that happens when the macula (the central part of the retina) deteriorates. Unfortunately, AMD is irreversible and incurable. Macular Degeneration affects more than 10 million Americans; which is much more than those with cataracts and glaucoma combined. AMD has some very scary symptoms which include: dark, blurry spots in the center of vision and a decline or a change in color perception. However, AMD patients typically will not experience any symptoms at all in the early stages of the disease. It can be detected in the beginning when there are no symptoms present though a routine comprehensive eye examination. During the eye exam, the eye doctor will look for the presence of yellow deposits under the retina or pigment clumping, which are the first signs of the dry AMD. If she detects AMD, further evaluations will be performed to confirm it. While there is no known cure for Age-Related Macular Degeneration at this time, early detection is critical because there are treatments that can delay or reduce the severity of the disease. There is more than one type of AMA; wet and dry. In Dry macular degeneration, an excess of drusen (yellow deposits) causes vision loss. Wet macular degeneration happens when the blood vessels leak blood and fluid into the retina.
To learn more about Macular Degeneration or to book your eye exam, call Strong Vision Center to book an appointment with our expert Plant City optometrist today.