Preserve Your Sight from Age-Related Eye Disease
It’s no secret that our vision changes as we age, but so does our risk of developing eye diseases. One of the most common eye diseases affecting older adults is age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which can lead to permanent vision loss over time.
The first step to getting the care you need is to book an appointment. Book you and your family’s appointment today!
What Is the AdaptDx?
Drusen is a yellow-ish lipid deposit that can thin your macular as you age, leading to vision loss.
AdaptDx can help detect AMD even before drusen is visible, helping us respond to age-related macular degeneration effectively and efficiently. According to a 2017 study published in JAMA Ophthalmology, 25% of age-related macular degeneration cases go undetected—even with regular examinations using current imaging tools. What’s more, additional studies show 78% of AMD patients do not seek treatment until their visual acuity is irreversibly damaged in one eye.
Our AdaptDx technology tests the ability for your eyes to adapt to darkness. If your eye struggles to adapt to darkness, it could mean you have AMD and our team will get to work on creating a strategy to preserve your sight.
Macular Degeneration & Your Vision
So, what is AMD?
AMD is an eye disease that affects your macula as you age. Your macula is responsible for providing the crisp, central vision you use to read, write and even recognize faces. Since damage to the macula is permanent and irreversible, it’s very important to diagnose and treat AMD as early as possible.
There are 2 types of macular degeneration. Both can cause permanent vision loss, but they do so in different ways. Before we can recommend a treatment, we first need to determine which type of AMD you have.
This disease develops when new, abnormal blood vessels form underneath the retina. Unfortunately these vessels break easily and can leak blood and other fluids onto the macula, damaging it. In some cases, wet AMD can cause sudden symptoms like blurry vision or sudden vision loss, meaning it should be treated promptly.
How Can We Help?
Our optometrists recommend testing for AMD for everyone over the age of 55, as well as anyone who has some of the following risk factors for developing AMD:
- Family history of AMD
- Caucasian (white)
- Smoking or history of smoking
- High cholesterol
- Cardiovascular disease
Depending on your risk factors and the type and severity of your AMD, we have various strategies to help preserve your vision. Some of these strategies could include:
- Lifestyle modifications
- Retinal light protection
- Nutritional supplementation
- Revised AMD monitoring
If you are at risk of developing AMD, or have a family member living with AMD, please book an appointment with us today. We’ll be happy to perform thorough testing and find ways to preserve you or your loved one’s sight.