Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a chronic, progressive disease that affects the central field of vision and can lead to blindness. AMD attacks the macula, the part of the retina that allows us to see objects located straight ahead of us. Think about the eye as a camera. With a camera, damage to the film or digital processor results in blurry pictures. In the human eye, a macula damaged by AMD results in loss of central vision.
People diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) are likely unable to identify the moment when their vision started to change. Since eyesight declines gradually with AMD, it’s not uncommon for them to keep running errands, watching television, or continue working on various projects.
The first warning sign most often comes in the form of trouble seeing at night. Many people blame poor night vision on the normal aging process and don’t report the symptom to their doctor.
Don’t make that mistake. If you begin having difficulty seeing at night, reading in dim light, or adjusting to seeing in the dark, schedule an appointment with us today. Over 11 million people in the United States are affected by some form of AMD, with those over the age of 50 being the most vulnerable. According to the National Eye Institute, that number will likely double in the next 30 years.
As one’s vision declines slowly, colors change. Some patients see a dark spot in the center of their field of view. Others notice that straight lines appear wavy. Print is not sharp, and night vision becomes harder. Seeing directly ahead becomes a struggle. Untreated, patients lose the ability to perform simple day to day activities, such as reading, driving, watching TV and cooking. Even simple tasks such as putting a key in a door become difficult or even impossible. They may also lose the ability to recognize faces.
The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way. The earlier AMD is diagnosed, the more proactive measures can be taken to try to delay, or even prevent, blindness.
Rather than wait for our patients to lose vision, we use the Adapt Dx by Maculogix to identify patients at risk for AMD and begin a preventive protocol BEFORE they notice significant changes in their vision. Our practice is the only eye care center in the Central Texas to offer this life-changing innovation.