Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Age-Related Macular Degeneration
What is Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

Age related macular degeneration, or AMD, is the leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 60. AMD occurs when your macula – the central part of your retina – beings to deteriorate. There are 2 forms of macular degeneration: Dry, which typically presents as yellowish spots in the macula and wet, which is the results of abnormal blood vessel growth underneath the macula. While there is no cure for macular degeneration, there are available treatment options to delay the onset and effects of AMD.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration Risk Factors

Risk factors for macular degeneration include:

  • Family history
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Diet

While there are some risk factors that cannot be controlled, many can be. When you visit our office, we will perform a complete eye exam to diagnose and determine the severity of your macular degeneration. From there, we will create a personalized treatment and management plan to help you better live with AMD and its impacts.