Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a medical condition that affects the macula, the part of the retina responsible for the crisp, detailed central vision needed for reading or driving. It is the leading cause of vision loss in Americans over 60 years of age. Macular degeneration can make it difficult or impossible to read or recognize faces. Central vision can slowly deteriorate which can significantly affect a patient’s quality of life.
There are two types of AMD: “dry” and “wet” forms. At Eye Florida, our doctors and staff can detect early macular changes with retina exam and diagnostic testing including optical coherence tomography (OCT) and fluorescein angiography (IVFA). Optical coherence tomography is the latest scanning technology that is non-invasive and non-contact, providing high resolution cross-sectional images of the retina layers including the macula where AMD occurs. Our doctors also provide genetic testing for AMD in the office for patients who are at high-risk or with strong family history of AMD.
Regular eye exams are important in detecting macular degeneration. If you are at risk for developing AMD, our doctors recommend controlling risk factors such as following a healthy diet, wearing sunglasses while outside, not smoking, and controlling blood pressure and cholesterol. A multivitamin supplement, such as our practice brand OCULUX, may slow the progression of AMD based on information discovered by the National Eye Institute during their Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS). Refer to our retail products page for more information on OCULUX.
For more information about Age-Related Macular Degeneration, please contact our office at 407-891-2010.
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