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Learn More About AMD

What is AMD?

Inside the eye, the macula, located in the very center of the retina, is responsible for high-resolution, central vision, and is home to a high density of cone cells. As an individual ages, the macula naturally deteriorates, and AMD can be the result.

AMD is the leading cause of blindness in North America in adults over the age of 55. A naturally occurring process that comes with aging, age-related macular degeneration impacts visual acuity and may cause blurred central vision – meaning that dark spots or straight lines appear in the vision without any type of pattern.

Types of AMD: Wet AMD

Caused by enlarged or irregular blood vessels near the center of the retina. As the vessels change, fluid may leak and cause serious destruction to the retina. Drastic, sudden changes in vision are typical symptoms of wet AMD.

Types of AMD: Dry AMD

This is the more common type of AMD and is caused by age as cells within the macula degenerate over time. While deterioration is often slow, it may eventually result in total vision loss.

Dry AMD may be categorized as early, intermediate or advanced depending on the severity of the symptoms.

Macular Assessments

At your routine eye exam, if your optometrist suspects macular degeneration in your eyes, they may bring you back for further testing. This macular assessment often includes a dilated fundus exam where drops are placed in your eyes to dilate your pupils and allows a more detailed view of the back of your eye.

You may also have your retina scanned with an instrument called an OCT that gives the doctor a detailed view of the individual layers of your retina. Your Eye Care Centre optometrist will discuss the condition, further treatment options, and offer a referral to a specialist as required. And, of course, we’re always here to answer your questions.

Important Information to Know:

What are the risk factors of AMD?

While age is a major risk factor for AMD, there are other factors that make an individual more susceptible to this condition. Those include smoking, race, genetics and family history.

Smoking may double the risks, while AMD is more common with Caucasians than other races. Keep up on regular exercise, maintain cholesterol and blood pressure and eat a healthy diet to lower your risks of getting AMD.

Symptoms of AMD may not be noticeable for long periods of time, as they are typically subdued in the beginning. While it’s difficult to avoid AMD, it can be managed with regularly scheduled eye exams for patients over the age of 60.

A healthy diet and awareness of UV exposure can also help to delay the start of AMD, although the condition is natural with aging.

How can I protect my eyes?

Regular eye appointments can help you head off any age-related problems, and present a treatment plan to dealing with them early. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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Optometrists

Dr. Tom Lampard

Dr. Roger Rudyk

Dr. Jep Lund

Dr. Kevin Hesterman

Dr. Scott Stevenson

Dr. Daryl Berger

Dr. Pamela Syrota

Red Deer Eye Care Centre

4402 49th Avenue
Red Deer, AB, T4N 3W6
T - 1 (403) 342-0333
Toll Free - (888) 440-2020
F- (403) 343-9440
E - info@reddeereyecare.com

Hours of Operation

Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
SundayClosed

Rimbey Eye Care Centre

5010 50th Avenue
Rimbey, AB, T0C 2J0
T - 1 (403) 843-6000
F- (403) 843-6033
E - info@rimbeyeyecare.com

Hours of Operation

Monday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
SaturdayClosed
SundayClosed

Rocky Eye Care Centre

5040 B - 50th Street
Rocky Mountain House, AB, T4T 1A5
T - 1 (403) 845 2780
F- (403) 845-3282
E - info@rockyeyecare.com

Hours of Operation

Monday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
SaturdayClosed
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