Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a disease that affects your central vision. Your macula is located in the center of the retina. It is the area of your retina that you use to “look” at objects. People with AMD rarely go blind from the disease, but it can make it difficult to read, drive and do other activities that require clear straight-ahead vision.
The risk for developing AMD increases as you get older. Women may be at higher risk than men. Smoking may increase the risk of AMD. People with a family history of AMD may be at higher risk as are people with elevated levels of blood cholesterol. Dry AMD cannot be treated at this time. Fortunately, this form of the disease progresses very slowly. Eventually some central vision may be lost, but most people with dry AMD lead normal, active lives. Some forms of wet AMD can be treated with laser surgery. The laser is used to stop the leaking blood vessels before further damage occurs. Dr. Lucy can perform thorough eye examinations to evaluate the health of your eyes and discuss your risk factors for developing this disease.
We also help with other age-related eye conditions, including Low Vision. Ask us for more information.