Age-Related Macular Degeneration, aka AMD, is a Serious Eye Disease That Can Lead to Vision Loss
An estimated 2.5 million Americans live with some form of AMD, with that number expected to reach nearly 3.5 million by 2030. These figures are skewed toward senior citizens, with the majority of AMD patients being seniors aged 60 and older. Regular eye exams are the best way to detect and manage AMD.
There Is No Cure for AMD
Unfortunately, AMD cannot be cured. Though there are promising treatments in development, there are currently no FDA-approved treatments that cure AMD. However, major clinical studies have shown that AMD may be influenced by diet and lifestyle factors.
The best way to detect and manage AMD is with routine eye examinations, which allows our doctors to detect early progressive changes. The earlier treatable AMD changes are detected, the better their prognosis.
Vision Lost to AMD Cannot Be Restored
The eyes are delicate organs, and vision lost to eye diseases (such as AMD or glaucoma) generally cannot be restored. For this reason, our focus is always on the protection and preservation of visual acuity.
AMD Rarely Causes Total Blindness, But it Does Cause Significant Vision Loss
Age-related macular degeneration can take a significant toll on your central vision, where drusen (waste products) form and are deposited. However, AMD rarely causes total blindness on its own. Despite this, the loss of central vision can have a major impact on your quality of life.