Age Related Macular Degeneration

What is Macular Degeneration?

Macular degeneration refers to a condition affecting the macula, the central portion of the retina responsible for detailed central vision. This area is essential for tasks like reading, driving, and recognizing faces. The condition causes blurriness in the center of your vision while leaving peripheral vision unaffected. It’s commonly linked to the aging process and is also known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is the leading cause of blindness in North America among adults over 55.

What are the signs of AMD?

In its earliest stages, macular degeneration may be asymptomatic but can be identified through routine eye health examinations. The most common initial indication is a slight blurring of central vision during tasks that require detailed sight. This blurriness persists despite the use of corrective glasses and may feel as if there is an obstruction in the line of clear vision. Over time, this blurred area may enlarge, interfering with activities like reading and facial recognition. Other symptoms of AMD may include the perception of wavy or distorted lines and the presence of dark spots obscuring central vision. Patients typically do not experience any pain associated with AMD.

Can I be tested for AMD at Lendrum Eye Centre?

Our team of doctors and staff is trained and equipped with state-of-the-art technologies to identify early indications of Macular Degeneration. In your thorough eye examination, our Optometrists will evaluate any risk factors to determine if additional testing is required.

Testing for Macular Degeneration involves a dilated eye examination, during which we conduct additional tests such as optical coherence tomography (OCT) and retina photography. This enables us to distinguish between Dry and Wet Macular Degeneration.