Macular Degeneration FAQ
The leading cause of permanent vision loss in people over the age of 50 is age-related macular degeneration, or AMD for short. This serious eye condition affects more than 10 million Americans, and occurs when the macula becomes damaged due to drusen buildup or abnormal blood vessel growth under the retina. Since the disease can be severe, it is essential that you schedule annual eye and vision appointments with our eye doctors at Sites Vision Clinic in Clarksville.
Who Is At Risk For Macular Degeneration?
Macular degeneration is most common in older people, but there are certain factors that can increase your risk of AMD, including:
- Genetics: If you have a family member with macular degeneration, you are at a higher risk of getting it as well.
- Race: Macular degeneration is more common in Caucasians than African-Americans or Hispanics/Latinos.
- Weight: Obesity increases the chance of developing AMD.
- Smokes Cigarettes: Studies have shown that smoking cigarettes can increase your risk of getting macular degeneration.
What Are the Symptoms Of Macular Degeneration?
Macular degeneration does not show symptoms at first, but as it progresses, you can experience vision loss and the following symptoms:
- Straight lines appearing bent or distorted
- Reduced central vision in one or both eyes
- Trouble adapting to lower light
- Needing brighter lights when reading
- Blurry vision when reading fine print
- Difficulty recognizing faces
How Is AMD Diagnosed?
Our optometrists can recognize the signs of AMD with an eye exam. Our eye doctors may perform the following tests to determine if you have macular degeneration:
- Vision Acuity Test: This allows our doctors to determine how much of your vision is affected.
- Dilated Eye Exam: This exam lets our optometrists to see the back of your macula.
- Optical Coherence Tomography Testing (OCT): OCT is an imaging tool that gives our eye doctors a clearer image of the macula.
How Is Macular Degeneration Treated?
Unfortunately, there is no cure for macular degeneration. To slow the progression of the disease, there are several optometry treatments that can help, such as anti-angiogenic drugs, laser therapy, low vision aids, and vitamin supplements.
Effective Eye Care Treatment for AMD at Sites Vision Clinic
We only have one pair of eyes to help us to see the world. Don’t let AMD take your vision away. Schedule an appointment with our eye doctors at Sites Vision Clinic in Clarksville for early diagnoses and treatment. Call today at (931) 647-5237.