Age-related vision changes are to be expected; they happen throughout our entire lives, and in our later years they tend to progress more rapidly. While routine changes are perfectly normal, as we get older we must be cognizant of the potential for age-related macular degeneration, or AM.D..
For those lucky enough to live in Sarasota or Manatee County, the renowned staff at Retina Care Consultants, P.A. is available to help with your macular degeneration evaluation and treatment. Our retina specialists in Sarasota, FL, Dr. Jonathan Brugger and Dr. Thomas Shane M.D., will make sure you get the right treatment you need.
What is Age-Related Macular Degeneration?
AM.D. is a deterioration of the retina that leads to a loss of central visual acuity; reduced sharpness of lines and brightness of colors. It is the leading cause of visual loss in people over 50.
What Causes Age-Related Macular Degeneration?
The most common factors in patients with age-related macular degeneration are a family history of AM.D., and smoking. Other potential contributing factors include:
- High blood pressure
- Excessive sun exposure
- Poor nutrition
How is AM.D. Diagnosed?
Regular eye examinations become more important as we get older, so that age-related vision changes, like AM.D., can be detected and treated as early as possible. AM.D. can be diagnosed by an ophthalmologist during a dilated eye exam with the help of retinal imaging. It’s important to have macular degeneration specialist give you the right diagnosis so you know what you are facing.
How is AM.D. Treated?
The treatment of age-related macular degeneration can be as simple as vitamin supplementation to ensure you are getting the antioxidants needed for proper retinal photoreceptor health, or it may require injections of medicine into the eye. At Retina Care Consultants, we have many different treatment options available and will work with you to determine and provide the best one for your needs.
Contact Us Today
If you are experiencing any AM.D. symptoms, or have a concern about your eye health, contact us today to set up an appointment at our Sarasota or Manatee County offices. Dr. Brugger and Dr. Shane work hard to be available to their patients to answer questions and calm concerns.