Macular Degeneration FAQs

Macular degeneration is usually referred to as Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). It is the leading cause of blindness in America, more than glaucoma and cataracts combined. It affects more than 10 million people just in our country alone. There is no cure for this disease, making it very important to get an early diagnosis from an eye doctor. At SPEX in Seattle, WA, our optometrist provides eye care for the whole family. We have gathered a few questions that we run into regarding Age-related Macular Degeneration.

What is the macula?

The back of the retina is the area known as the macula. It is responsible for central vision and is important for the clarity of your vision.

What are the types of macular degeneration?

AMD comes in two types; wet and dry. Dry AMD is the most common and accounts for 85-90% of all cases. For most people, dry AMD will not develop into the wet form.

What are the symptoms of AMD?

The most common symptoms are blurring in the center of your field of vision and difficulty seeing fine details, especially at a distance. You may also notice that you need more light to be able to read. While these symptoms are not exclusive to AMD, they do warrant a visit to an eye doctor.

Who is in danger of getting AMD?

If you are older than 65, white, smoke, or have a family history of Age-related Macular Degeneration, you are at the highest risk, but cases of AMD are not restricted to these groups.

Can AMD be prevented?

Quit smoking, protect your eyes from UV rays, eat a diet rich in leafy greens, and take oxidants and zinc supplements. You cannot prevent AMD but you can lower your risk.

Contact our Optometrist in Seattle, WA

Detecting and treating AMD starts with a comprehensive eye exam at SPEX. If you live in or around Seattle and would like to schedule an eye exam, call our team today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Campbell.

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