Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) affects people as they get older. The macula is the part of the eye that gives us our best vision, our central vision, and color vision. If the pigment breaks down (Dry AMD) or if there is a fluid leak at the macula (Wet AMD), the clarity of vision is reduced. Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in the elderly population. Dry AMD is the most common type (85%) while Wet AMD affects approximate 15% of all AMD patients.
Dry Macular Degeneration is usually diagnosed by the presence of small yellow deposits (Drusen) that start to develop at the macula. Over time these drusen increase in size and number. They indicate a compromise in Macular Cell Health and as drusen increase and pigment drops out, vision decreases.
We have an instrument called Adapt Dx which identifies subtle changes in macular cell function and performance 3-5 years BEFORE drusen begin to appear. This allows us to identify very early any patients at high risk of developing Macular Degeneration. Then they can begin to take nutritional supplements which support the body’s ability to manufacture and maintain macular pigment. We want to delay the onset and progression of Macular Degeneration so you can have Great Vision for Your Lifetime.
We use a lifestyle questionnaire that helps us identify patients who may be at risk of developing AMD. The Optos Retinal Imaging system takes a picture of the retina, including the macula, which will show the presence of macular drusen.
If you have a family history of AMD, or are concerned it you are at risk, please call for an appointment. We can answer your questions and help you.