You may not have even noticed, but if you’re around 50 years old, you could be suffering from the most frequent cause of vision loss for those 50 and over: age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
AMD does have symptoms, but you might not see them
Many people who have AMD may not have noticed that their vision is deteriorating. The disease can particularly go unnoticed if it is only affecting one eye.
Another obstacle to noticing AMD
Many people assume their vision loss issues are simply a natural and inevitable part of aging. AMD symptoms are more serious and can be recognized if you know what to look for. Patients with certain types of AMD can benefit from recent developments in treatment if diagnosed early. This is also why it’s important to see your eye doctor annually for vision checks.
Call for an appointment today (800-VRS-2500), especially if you have any of these symptoms:
- A blurry area near the center of your vision that may be increasing
- Blank spots in center of your vision
- Things not appearing as bright as they normally do
AMD’s two classifications: dry and wet
Dry AMD doesn’t usually cause severe vision loss
- It’s characterized by the accumulation of small yellow deposits underneath the retina.
- It can cause severe vision loss if central atrophy develops.
- An eye doctor should closely monitor patients with dry AMD, as it may progress to wet AMD.
Wet AMD accounts for approximately 90% of severe vision loss due to the disease
- It’s characterized by the presence of abnormal new blood growth underneath the retina.
- The main symptoms are worsening central vision, blind spots, and distorted vision.
There are ways to manage progression and preserve vision
Presently, there is no strategy for reducing the risk of developing dry AMD and no treatment to reverse the condition. However, the Age-Related Eye Disease Study did show that vitamins might help visual atrophy from progressing from intermediate to severe. And wet AMD has several treatments that can help keep the condition stable over the long term.
Schedule a consultation
If you are interested in age-related macular degeneration, please call 800-VRS-2500 to schedule a consultation at one of our locations in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Blaine, Edina, Oakdale, Plymouth, St. Cloud and Duluth.