AMD is the leading cause of vision for Americans age 65 and older.
As you age, your risk for AMD increases. But steps can be taken to help prevent loss of sight from AMD. Anyone the age of 65 or older should:
VISIT THE EYE DOCTOR REGULARLY
- The key to preventing vision loss is regular eye exams
- During a complete eye exam, called a dilated eye exam, the doctor widens the pupil of the eye with eye drops to allow a closer look at the inside of the eye
- Straight lines, such as telephone poles, the sides of buildings or streetlight poles, look wavy
- Type looks blurry
- Dark or empty spot may block the center of your vision
HOW DOES AMD EFFECT MY VISION?
- AMD affects part of the black of the eye called the Macula, the central part of the retina
- When AMD damages the macula, the center part of you r vision may become blurred or wavy, or you may develop a blind spot
- AMD can cause vision loss quickly or slowly, and can make it very hard to do things that require sharp vision such as reading, driving or sewing
- The good news is that AMD almost never causes total blindness
THERE ARE TWO KINDS OF AMD
- AMD causes the most serious vision loss. In this form of the disease tiny unhealthy blood vessels grow under the retina. These blood vessels often break and leak, causing a loss of vision
- The most common form of AMD is â€œDRYâ€ This form of the disease usually progresses more slowly
WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE AMD?
- You must check the central vision in each of your eyes separately every day
- If you notice and changes such as trouble reading, or seeing straight lines that appear wavy tell your eye doctor right away
WHAT TO DO IF YOU LOSE VISION TO AMD?
- Can use low vision aids such as: Magnifying lenses or special glasses, Computers with large screens, Bright lamps, large-print books, and magazines