Age Related Macular Degeneration Symptoms Gradual loss of vision Distortion – objects you know to be straight appear wavy or crooked Loss of color dark or empty spots in vision Managing Age Related Macular Degeneration Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in the United States, and in its infancy may not have many symptoms. AMD can be very gradual making early detection difficult but extremely important. It can be detected with a dilated eye exam as well as the use of ancillary technology such as the OCT. We are also proud to be one of the few Central Florida offices offering genetic testing for AMD. The most common form of macular degeneration is known as “dry” macular degeneration. In “dry” macular degeneration the tissue of the eye thins and begins to lose functionality. There are cases showing that eating a low fat diet high in leafy green vegetables can greatly slow the progression of macular degeneration. There is no way to restore vision loss from “dry” macular degeneration. Another form of macular degeneration is known as “wet” macular degeneration. “Wet” macular degeneration results when newly formed blood vessels leak under the macula blurring vision. Damage can be slowed by coagulation of these blood vessels by either medication or laser therapy. Risk Factors Race – Those of Caucasian descent have an increased risk of macular degeneration Gender – Women typically develop symptoms at an early age than men Family History For a more in depth understanding of macular degeneration visit the American Optometric Association’s website.
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"I've been going to Maitland Vision Center since the 80s and have always been happy with the great office staff and Dr. Willson. This week I had my first appointment with Dr. Schott who has taken over after Dr. Willson's retirement and I couldn't be happier with the new guy! Looking forward to many more years of great care. (PS: I was disappointed when Dr. Willson phased out his optical (eyeglasses) center some years ago, but was happy to learn that Dr. Schott plans to bring it back.)"