Eyecare Medical Group notes that February is National Macular Degeneration Awareness month and reminds our community to learn about AMD. AgeRelated Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss among seniors-a growing population in Maine. AMD is progressive and painless as it causes central vision to decrease, but leaves peripheral vision intact.
Types of Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
Age Related MacularDegeneration occurs in two types- a “Dry” form and a “Wet form. Some 85-90% of
people with AMD have the Dry form which results in a gradual dimming of vision
and slow progressive vision loss. While only 10% of people with AMD have the
Wet form, it tends to progress much more rapidly and is responsible for
catastrophic vision loss without early detection, diagnosis and treatment.
Reducing Your Risk & Vision Loss from Age Related Macular
Patients can often reduce their risk of developing AMD by not smoking,
limiting their alcohol consumption, eliminating the regular use of aspirin as
well as working to eat a heart-healthy diet rich in fish, fruit and green leafy
vegetables, avoiding foods with trans fats, exercising and controlling blood
pressure and weight. In addition, 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 age related macular degeneration (AMD), AMD risks and treatment, please feel free to call Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102 at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group or facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup to schedule an appointment.