Treating Macular Degeneration
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a common eye disease that blurs the sharp, central vision you need for “straight-ahead” activities such as reading, sewing, and driving. AMD damages the macula, the part of the eye that allows you to see fine detail. AMD causes no pain, but there is currently no cure for it either. AMD is a leading cause of vision loss for people over 50 years old.
For some, AMD advances so slowly that years may go by without any noticeable vision loss does. Forothers, AMD progresses fast and can lead to vision loss in one or both eyes. The most common symptom as AMD progresses is a blurred area near the center of your field of vision. Over time, that area may grow larger or you may develop blind spots in your central vision. In addition, things may not look quite as bright as they used to be.
AMD alone will not cause complete blindness. But the loss of central vision can interfere with your ability to see faces, drive a car, read, write or perform any kind of close work such as sewing, knitting or working with electronic circuit boards. Ask Dr. Maher about the latest treatments for macular degeneration.
When you need an expert opinion on your vision health, call John Maher, MD, at (424) 328-0091. Or use our convenient online Request an Appointment form to reserve your first visit.