Eyes on Macular Degeneration
February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month. AMD is the main cause of vision loss in Americans over 60 years old. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 1.8 million people have AMD and another 7.3 million are at substantial risk for vision loss from AMD.
Caucasians are at higher risk for developing AMD than other races. Women also develop AMD at an earlier age than men.
AMD occurs when there are changes to the macula, a small portion of the retina that is located on the inside back layer of the eye. AMD is a loss of central vision that can occur in two forms: "dry" and "wet".
In its early stages, the following signs of macular degeneration can go unnoticed:
Gradual loss of ability to see objects clearly
Shape of objects appears distorted
Straight lines look wavy or crooked
Loss of clear color vision
A dark or empty area in the center of vision
Every patient at Eyes on Albertville and Eyes on Guntersville is screened for AMD during the dilated exam and we work with patients on how to best manage the disease if it is detected.
As it is with many ocular diseases, early detection is key. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms or are concerned about the development of AMD, call us at 256-878-3024 or click here to schedule your comprehensive eye health exam with one of our doctors.