Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in people over 50. The American Academy of Ophthalmology defines it as damage to the retina, and this condition causes you to lose your central vision. Take advantage of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness Month to learn more about this common condition. 

What Are the Risk Factors Associated With AMD?

While age is the main one, genetics and gender also play a role. Females are more likely to have AMD than males.

Risk factors, which can be controlled, include smoking, being overweight (especially around the abdominal area), and certain untreated medical conditions such as high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month is a great time to see your doctor if you have any risk factors associated with the disease. 

How Is AMD Diagnosed?

An AMD diagnosis usually begins with a discussion about your medical history and that of your family. You will then have an Amsler grid test, dilated eye exam, and / or fluorescein angiography. Once all results and information have been gathered, you’ll get a diagnosis. 

If I Am Diagnosed With AMD, What Are My Treatment Options? 

Currently, age-related macular degeneration has no cure and cannot be reversed. Instead, you will be advised of safe options to help slow the progression of AMD. This includes certain vitamins and supplements, low vision rehabilitation (help adapting your vision), and telescopic lens surgery (typically offered to patients who have AMD in both eyes). 

How Often Should I Get My Eyes Checked for AMD?

The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends patients over the age of 65 have a comprehensive eye exam every year. If you have been diagnosed with AMD, then it is possible you’ll need to have your eyes checked more often.

If you have certain risk factors or wear glasses or contacts, your eye doctor may suggest you begin yearly eye checkups at a younger age. Always follow the guidance of your eye doctor. 

Take Advantage of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness Month to Schedule Your Eye Checkup at South Palm Eye Associates!

Our eye doctors and team understand changes in your vision can be a little scary. That’s why we provide our patients with the highest quality compassionate vision care.

If your vision has gotten worse and you suspect AMD, contact us today at 561-737-4040 to book your appointment!