While we recommend that everyone have an eye exam at least every two years, everyone over age 65 should have one annually. This is because many eye diseases, including age-related macular degeneration, become more prevalent the older we get.
Modern diagnostic technology can identify underlying factors in AMD’s development months or even years before what we could do even just a decade ago. By practicing preventative eye care, we are more likely to diagnose new eye diseases when they are young (and before they’ve caused vision loss).
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It’s important to remember that there is currently no cure for AMD, though new research is being performed all the time. Every day we learn more about AMD, it’s causes, and how to protect ourselves from it.
Causes – Unfortunately, the exact cause of macular degeneration is still unknown. However, extensive studies have identified risk factors. These include:
AMD forms without any pain, and because of that it often develops unnoticed for weeks and months. Most people are diagnosed when their optometrist detects it during an eye exam. Symptoms you may notice include:
Macular degeneration eventually causes permanent, irreparable vision loss. In addition to managing your physical eye health as best as possible, we also offer support and guidance about how to cope with vision loss from AMD.
AMD is diagnosed during a standard eye exam. Using optical coherence tomography (OCT) and retinal imaging, we are able to clearly and accurately visualize the macula and see the health of its tissues.
Once diagnosed, we help manage your AMD to delay its progression. We assess an assortment of factors, from eye health to diet, to allow you to make informed decisions about your approach to AMD.