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Age-Related Macular Degeneration Month: Do You Know the Signs of AMD?

Upper,Face,Of,Serious,Senior,Woman,Looking,Away.,Brown,Eyes Did you know that February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) month? At the Eye Care Institute, we are determined to give you the best service for all your eye-care needs, whether for an AMD diagnosis or a routine eye exam.

This month, we’re highlighting the symptoms of AMD and how to prevent vision loss.

What Is Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

AMD is an eye disease caused by degeneration of the macula. The macula is the middle part of your retina and helps you see sharp, straight images. When the macula is damaged, you can have increasing difficulty with simple tasks like reading, driving, or seeing people’s faces.

There are two types of AMD:

  • Dry AMD is caused by cellular debris damaging the macula over time.
  • Wet AMD occurs when an abnormal growth of blood vessels ends up damaging the macula.

Both types rarely show symptoms before the disease enters the late stage. However, an eye-care provider can catch AMD in its earlier stages in a routine examination. If you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms of AMD, you should see a professional as soon as possible.

Signs of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Blurred or decreased vision

As part of the retina, a damaged macula results in blurring or darkened vision in one or both eyes. If AMD is noticeably worse in one eye, the vision in your other eye may be saved through preventative measures.

Color Perception

In late-stage AMD, you may notice that colors appear less bright. This symptom can be exacerbated by difficulties seeing in low light.

Visual Distortions

AMD sufferers may find that their vision is distorted, like seeing curvy waves where there should be straight lines.

Blind Spots

Those with AMD often see blind spots (also called scotomas) in their central vision. These dark spots greatly diminish their ability to see their surroundings.

Do You Need an Eye Evaluation?

AMD often causes great difficulties in their daily activities, such as reading and driving. Thankfully, some AMD treatments exist. Since AMD results from irreversible damage, treatments involve halting the progression of the disease.

If you are suffering from AMD symptoms, contact us at the Eye Care Institute by calling 707-546-9800.

Whether you are suffering from an eye disease or need a regular checkup, we can find the best treatment options for you. Our practitioners proudly serve patients in Santa Rosa, CA, and surrounding areas.

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