What Is Macular Degeneration?
The macula is the most sensitive part of the retina, the film in the back of the eye which turns light into vision. It is located in the center and is responsible for clear, high-definition, central vision. Macular Degeneration (AMD) is an eye condition that occurs due to damage to the macula, thus, causing partial or complete loss of central vision.
Macular Degeneration is the predominant cause of vision loss affecting over 10 million American adults age 60+. During its early stages, patients will experience decreased central vision, which will only continue to worsen over time. For now, there is no cure for AMD. Nonetheless, the condition can still be managed.
What Does A Low Vision Optometrist Do For Patients With Macular Degeneration?
At The Low Vision Center at Family Eyecare Center of Optometry, we know how vital your vision is to live a comfortable, convenient, and enjoyable life. We offer macular degeneration patients with suitable, high-quality, low vision glasses that will help improve their vision. Learn more about the various low vision aids, glasses, or devices that we offer to help macular degeneration patients regain visual activity.
Whether you are experiencing difficulty reading, driving, seeing faces, or any other vision difficulty, our low vision doctor, Dr. Harold Ashcraft, will use every possible means to recommend the ideal low vision glasses for you. We serve patients all over Los Angeles and the state of California at our low vision clinic.
Click here to read more about how, with various low vision aids and devices, we can help Macular Degeneration patients to read, watch TV, make out faces, use their phone, and even drive!
Macular Degeneration FAQ
- What is age-related macular degeneration?
- Is there a cure for macular degeneration?
- Can people with macular degeneration drive?
- How to manage macular degeneration?
- Age-related macular degeneration is a degenerative condition that affects the macula (central part of the retina) and results in distortion or loss of central vision. It commonly occurs in older adults.
- There is currently no cure for macular degeneration but there are many treatments and low vision aids that can help people see better.
- In California, as well as many other states, people with macular degeneration (mild to moderate central vision loss but with good side vision) are permitted to drive, often with the help of bioptic telescopes.
- To manage age-related macular degeneration, wear dark glasses or a hat, avoid the sun, avoid smoking and use low vision aids for macular degeneration.
If you have been diagnosed with macular degeneration, there is still hope for you. Contact us today at The Low Vision Center at Family Eyecare Center of Optometry. Our low vision doctor, Dr. Harold Ashcraft will be available to speak with you and discuss your options.
We will carry out a comprehensive eye exam to determine your eye condition. If you are diagnosed with AMD, we will provide you with personalized low vision glasses to help you regain visual activity and begin to do the things you want to do again.
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