SYMPTOMS OF MACULAR DEGENERATION
A small amount of macular degeneration is commonly seen in patients over 70. It is often mild but can increase with the aging process. Symptoms of Macular Degeneration can include:
Decrease in central vision while peripheral vision remains unchanged
Blind spot in central vision
Straight lines may appear bent or distorted
TREATMENT FOR MACULAR DEGENERATION
Medical treatment can significantly slow down the progression of macular degeneration.
A combination of antioxidant vitamins at specific doctor-recommended levels and dosages has been proven to significantly decrease the progression of dry ARMD and the chances of developing wet ARMD.
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
WHAT IS THE AMSLER GRID?
The Amsler Grid is a critical tool for recognizing wet ARMD quickly. As vessels invade the macula, straight lines may appear bent and distorted. Dr. Lipstock may ask you to look at an Amsler grid each day to track your vision and check for distortions of straight lines
- The Amsler grid has a series of vertical and horizontal straight lines that form a grid of small boxes on a sheet of paper
- Each eye should be tested separately with the Amsler grid for a few seconds each day
- If distortion is detected, notify your doctor as soon as possible.
If caught early, medical treatments can stop early abnormal vessel growth before a significant macular scar forms. If you are experiencing any vision changes, contact us today to schedule your eye exam.