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Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

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Millions of Americans Live with Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

In the United States, AMD is the leading cause of vision loss among people age 65 and older. By 2020, it is estimated that more than three million Americans will suffer from advanced AMD.

AMD causes blind spots and vision loss in your central field of vision. These blind spots are a result of a degradation of the macula. Where some eye diseases, like glaucoma1, tend to cause vision loss in your periphery, AMD hits your central vision first.

There are no FDA approved treatments for AMD, though there are numerous promising treatments currently undergoing clinical trials. Advanced detection via eye exams is the best way to prevent unnecessary vision loss from AMD.

AMD is a serious eye disease. If you have AMD, or think you may be developing it, we strongly recommend that you visit us so that we can assess your eye health and present you with the best next steps.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a gradual degradation of the macula. The macula is the part of your retina that is responsible for central vision.As the disease progresses, blurry/blind spots will form in your central vision. The size and shape of these blind spots varies.There are two types of AMD: dry (atrophic AMD) and wet (exudative AMD). 90% of patients with AMD have the dry variant.

AMD is diagnosed during an eye exam. During the eye exam, a dilated exam will be performed so that the Optometrist can see your retina and macula.

Eye drops are used that widen your pupils, allowing the Optometrist to examine your eyes with an ophthalmoscope. Your eyes will remain dilated for several hours, during which time you will have difficulty reading- you will not be able to drive once dilated.

Additional tests will be performed if signs of AMD are detected. These include visual field testing, an Amsler grid test, or ocular coherence tomography.

AMD is a challenging disease to treat. Generally, AMD is managed via diet and lifestyle changes. Recent studies have shown that a diet rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and zinc may considerably slow the development of AMD.

Laser surgery, photodynamic therapy, and treatment with Macugen can destroy or control the growth of the abnormal blood vessels in the macula- this is helpful for some people who have wet AMD; however, vision that is already lost will not be recovered.

There are numerous promising treatments undergoing trials.

We are proud to bring state of the art diagnostic equipment to Hawley, eliminating the need for travel to Scranton for advanced tests.

We continuously invest in new testing techniques and technologies as they become available- we are proud to practice High Tech Eye Care.

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