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Macular degeneration

Macular Degeneration (Age Related Macular Degeneration) is an age related disease which affects the retina. Whilst it does not generally result in total vision loss, the central reading vision becomes affected leaving the peripheral vision intact. This does impact the person’s ability therefore to read, drive and differentiate between colours and contrasts. With a growing number of Australians being diagnosed in the over 50’s category, early detection is vital to prevent serious eye loss.

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Causes of Macular Degeneration (AMD)

The main causes of AMD are really around age however evidence has shown that genetics, family history and smoking also contributes. Those with a family history must have regular eye examinations for early detection as indicators suggest there is as much as a 70% genetic link to cases reported. All family members must be advised of this condition.

Macular degeneration Diagnosis

Regular eye examinations are the best way to detect macular degeneration.   

If you experience any of the symptoms above, please make an appointment as soon as possible.

AMD Symptoms

Many people are unaware they have AMD until our vision becomes quite distorted.

The symptoms for AMD Include:

  • Blurred vision

  • Distortion of straight lines. You may see a door frame appear bent.
  • When light is low, people experience difficulty in reading
  • Extra sensitivity to light and glares
  • Difficulty reading, distortion of lines (waved patterns)
  • Shadow or dark spots appear in the eyes

AMD Risk Factors

Research suggests there are things that can be done to reduce the risk of developing AMD, including:

  • stop smoking
  • have a healthy diet that has fresh fruit and dark green leafy vegetables
  • fish and other omega rich foods
  • supplement your diet with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants
  • protect your eyes from U V light
  • have regular eye tests

Macular degeneration Treatment

Should our Optometrist discover any signs suspiciously resembling Macular Degeneration (AMD) we will refer to you an Ophthalmologist for diagnosis and treatment.

 Your ophthalmologist will decide which treatment option is best suited to you.

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