Age related macular degeneration (AMD) is a chronic condition that causes central vision loss. It affects millions of Americans, and is a leading cause of blindness in people 60 and older. The older you are the greater chance of being affected. That's why it's important to learn the symptoms of AMD now, so if you ever notice any thing wrong, you can see an Ophthalmologist right away. Early detection is the key to minimizing vision loss.
Learn the symptoms so you know what to look for:
AMD symptoms include blurriness, wavy lines, or a central blind spot
- Straight lines or faces appearing wavy or distorted
- Straight lines seeming crooked
- objects appearing smaller or farther away
If you notice any of these symptoms, you should see an ophthalmologist as soon as possible. If you are diagnosed with wet AMD see a retina specialist for the most appropriate care.
AMD occurs when the macula the central portion of the retina that is important for reading and color vision becomes damaged. AMD is a single disease, but it can take 2 different forms: dry and wet.
Wet AMD occurs when abnormal blood vessels grow under the macula, causing bleeding and swelling. Wet AMD is the more serious form with more than 200,000 people in the United States diagnosed every year. Without treatment, patients can lose their central vision over time, leaving only peripheral, or side vision. The symptoms ca occur suddenly or gradually over time.
There is no cure for macular degeneration, but its progression can often be slowed with special medicines called anti-WEGF agents. Billions of dollars have been spent in the ongoing research to understand AMD. The retina doctors at Inland Eye Specialists have university affiliation and are involved in the latest research. Currently the most important steps one can take is to avoid smoking and take multivitamin supplements containing an AREDS equivalent formulation.