- What is age-related macular degeneration (AMD)?
Identified as a leading cause of blindness in the US, AMD gradually weakens the macula; resulting in gradual vision loss. In other cases, the growth of abnormal blood vessels causes blood and fluid leakage, which lead to sudden vision loss in either one or both eyes.
- Who is most likely to get AMD?
Adults over 60 have a higher chance of getting AMD. It is also linked to smoking, obesity, or having a family history of AMD.
- What are the symptoms of AMD?
During the early stages, patients with early AMD may not notice a significant change in vision. As AMD gets worse, patients may find it harder to see and recognize faces or words in a book. Finally, adults with late AMD may notice straight lines appearing crooked and more of the central vision is lost.
- How do you know if you have AMD?
An eye care professional can tell if you have AMD by giving you a comprehensive dilated eye exam and other series of examinations.
- How is AMD treated?
Although AMD cannot be cured, it can be prevented from getting worse. This is why getting diagnosed with AMD early is essential to protecting your eyesight with the help of a home health aide to regularly monitor your health and activities.
- What can you do to protect your vision?
The risk of vision loss can be lowered by:
- Having a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year when you reach 60 or older
- Exercising regularly and controlling your weight with our Physical Therapy in Ohio
- Quitting smoking
- Eating more leafy greens and fish
- Keeping your blood pressure within the normal range
- Keeping your cholesterol levels low