Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a very common condition that is the leading cause of vision loss in adults over the age of 60. Early symptoms cause distortion or slight loss of central vision. This is because the disease primarily affects the macula, which is the part of the retina that is responsible for central vision and clarity.
Dr. Mahasneh can help diagnose AMD at Advanced Eye & Laser Center, serving Mansfield, TX and the surrounding area.
Unfortunately, there is no “cure” for AMD. However, there are treatments that may help reduce the impact or slow the progression of the disease. For example, antioxidant vitamins and zinc supplementation, as well as consuming dark leafy greens and colorful fruits and vegetables are helpful steps that can be incorporated into your daily lifestyle. Keeping an Amsler-Grid at home to regularly check your vision will help you determine if your sight begins to worsen. In addition, smoking cessation and routine exercise can help prevent AMD from worsening. For severe vision loss, there are treatments such as Anti-VEGF injections, Photodynamic therapy (PDT), and laser surgery. As always, be sure to have routine eye exams and talk with your eye doctor about what treatment plans might be best for you.