Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a chronic eye disease that affects the central portion of the retina, known as the macula. It is the leading cause of vision loss in patients over the age of 50 in the United States.

Risk factors for AMD include a positive family history and smoking. The most common symptoms of macular degeneration are painless blurring or distortion of central vision. In most cases, these symptoms progress slowly and may go unnoticed if they occur in only one eye. However, rapid vision loss can occur as well.

Retina Care Consultants, P.A., located in Sarasota and Bradenton is specialized in managing age-related macular degeneration. If you are concerned that you may have AMD, consider having a dilated eye examination with an ophthalmologist. This exam may involve photographs or other specialized imaging tests of the retina. There are effective treatments for many forms of age-related macular degeneration, so don’t delay if you’re are experiencing the symptoms mentioned above.

For more information regarding age-related macular degeneration, please visit the American Academy of Ophthalmology patient information website: http://www.asrs.org/patients/retinal-diseases/2/age-related-macular-degeneration or contact one of our offices in Bradenton or Sarasota or click on links to articles written by Dr. Shane below.

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