Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a chronic eye disease that causes vision loss in the center of your field of vision.

Dry macular degeneration, the most common form of the disease, is marked by deterioration of the macula, which is in the center of the retina — the layer of tissue on the inside back wall of your eyeball.

Macular Degeneration Vision exampleMacular degeneration doesn't cause total blindness, but it worsens your quality of life by blurring or causing a blind spot in your central vision. Clear central vision is necessary for reading, driving and recognizing faces. 

Although there is no cure for AMD, early detection is important to determine appropriate treatment for slowing disease progression.

 

 

Managing Your Eye Health:

If you have been diagnosed or are at risk for developing macular degeneration, your eye doctor will manage your eye health through the following:

OptoMap — provides a visual year-to-year comparison of your macula, making it instrumental in detecting pigmentary changes to your macula – an indication of pending AMD. 

OCT — Optical coherence topography is a specialized test available at our office that provides a high-definition, three-dimensional scan of your retina for your doctor’s clinical assessment of disease progression.

Amsler Grid — is a quick and simple test using a grid of horizontal and vertical lines to help monitor changes to your central field of vision.  Macular degeneration patients will be asked to take home an Amsler Grid for daily monitoring.  This allows for self-monitoring of changes between examinations.

Vitamins— Although there is no cure for macular degeneration, clinical research has demonstrated that the use of a certain supplements can help delay the progression and vision loss of AMD.

Co-Management — Your eye doctor may work with an AMD ophthalmologic specialist for injection treatments and/or surgery to delay progression of your disease.