Macular Degeneration

Several treatment options are now available that will help control AMD and prevent severe vision loss.

These include injections and laser therapy. You retinal specialist will advise as to which treatment options are best for your condition. If the presence of WET AMD is detected you will be referred to a retinal specialist for evaluation and treatment.

For DRY AMD, no treatment currently exists, however several preventative measures are useful. Quitting smoking and wearing sunglasses whenever outdoors, as well as dietary changes are all proven beneficial actions. Regular 6 monthly follow up visits will be most common and will require ongoing photography and OCT scans of the macula to monitor for any progression. The Amsler grid we provide to you (shown above) should be used every day to monitor your central vision for any distortion. If you detect any changes contact us immediately for an appointment.

Some AMD patients have vision loss that is significant enough that they experience low vision, and we are able to provide assessment and advice regarding the use of magnifiers and support materials and organizations to ensure lifestyle is maintained to a maximum. The Macular Degeneration Foundation, is an excellent resource.