Information & Facts about Macular Degeneration

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Information & Facts about Macular Degeneration

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 Degeneration (AMD)
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 to schedule an appointment.