Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
An age-related breakdown of the pigmented layer of retina that causes loss of your central vision. It will never go completely blind since your peripheral/side vision will remain intact. Genetics may play a role in who develops AMD.
Symptoms of AMD
Decreased central vision, distorted vision, decreased vision in dim light.
How is it Treated?
There is no treatment for dry AMD: monitor progression to wet with a grid which patients use to check for new sudden changes in vision.
If wet AMD develops, it can treated by an injected anti-vegf medication which causes the new leaky vessels to regress.
There are vision rehabilitation/low vision specialists who can recommend various devices to help you better meet your everyday visual needs:
What you can Do
Methods to lessen your chances of AMD are:
Eat leafy green vegetables and colorful fruits to combat the free radicals
Wear sunglasses with UV protection
Keep any vascular disease managed, i.e. high blood pressure and diabetes
Eye vitamins (ARED 1 or AREDS 2 formulation) is a way to prevent further progression of the dry form of the disease.
Discover the Retinal Specialists at the OSU Eye & Ear Institute.