Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss in seniors and in fact it is estimated that more than 2 million people age 50 and older have late AMD (Age Related Macular Degeneration), a cause of potentially catastrophic vision loss. With early detection, diagnosis and treatment, at a minimum we can prevent further vision loss from the disease and in many cases we can actually help recover lost vision.
About Age Related Macular Degeneration(AMD)
Vision loss from AMD is progressive and painless typically causing a loss of central vision but leaving peripheral vision intact. There are two types of AMD, a “Dry” form and a “Wet” form. It is estimated that 85-90% of people with AMD have the Dry form which results in a gradual vision loss, whereas only 10 percent of people with AMD have the Wet form which progresses much quicker and can cause catastrophic vision loss.
Symptoms of Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
Wet AMD is characterized by the growth of abnormal retinal blood vessels that leak blood or fluid under and into the Retina. Leaking or bleeding vessels leads to swelling and bleeding in the Macula-the center of the Retina, causing visual distortions or decreased vision. Over time, this can lead to scarring in the Macula and create damage that may result in the loss of central vision.
Preventing Age Related Macular Degeneration(AMD)
Patients can often reduce their risk of developing AMD by not smoking as well as eating a heart-healthy diet rich in fish, fruit and green leafy vegetables, avoiding foods with Trans fats, limiting alcohol consumption, exercising and controlling blood pressure and weight.
What patients need to be aware of is that once you are over 50, it becomes increasingly important to have a thorough, comprehensive dilated eye exam every one to two years-and even more often if you have any family history of AMD or at the recommendation of your eye doctor. The key to preventing vision loss from AMD is clearly early detection, quick diagnosis and then immediate access to treatment with vascular endothelial growth inhibitor (VEGF) injections such as Lucentis® or Eylea®.
If you or someone you know has questions about their risk of agerelated macular degeneration (AMD) or needs an eye exam for AMD please feel free to call Seeta Eye Centers and schedule an eye examination by calling 845-454-1025 , visiting Seeta Eye Centers or facebook.com/seetaeyecenters.
Seeta Eye Centers is conveniently located at 23 Davis Avenue, Poughkeepsie, New York 12603, Cecilwood Health Center, 969 Main Street, Fishkill, New York 12524 and 664 Stoneleigh Avenue, Suite 100, Carmel, New York 10512 for patients from Westchester County, Rockland County and throughout the Hudson Valley, Dutchess County and Orange County.