Macular Degeneration

Commonly known as AMD (Age-related Macular Degeneration), is a condition that causes blurry vision at the most central part of your vision and leaves the peripheral/side unaffected.

It takes effect on the most central part of the Retina, called the Macula. The Macula slowly starts to degenerate as we get older. It generally starts to take effect adults over the age of 55. Your central vision is important to be able to read, drive and recognize people's faces.


AMD shows no noticeable symptoms, however with a routine eye exam AMD can be detected early. As time goes on, the blurred central vision can increase and can make straight lines look wavy. Prescription Glasses cannot correct this condition and patients with this condition experience no pain.

Two Different Types of AMD


1) Dry Age-related Macular Degeneration


The most common form of AMD, which gradually and slowly develops the degeneration of the tissue of the macula.


2) Wet Age-related Macular Degeneration


A sudden change in leakage/bleeding from weak blood vessels under the macula. This develops rather quickly compared to Dry AMD. Dry AMD can develop to Wet AMD over time.


As aging and time, it cannot be stopped. This goes for Macular Degeneration. There are ways to prevent it. The most positive and key ways to prevent AMD are healthy lifestyle changes, UV protective glasses and no smoking.


Regular routine Eye Exams are important to help detect early to prevent any further damage and to minimize the effect as much as possible.


Treatments include:


- Excercise

- UV Protective Sunglasses

- Ocular Vitamin Supplements


These treatments cannot cure AMD but can slow down the process.



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