Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
AMD is a common cause of vision loss in people over 60. It rarely causes total blindness but can make normal activities difficult to perform.

What is AMD? It is the deterioration of a tiny part of the retina called the macula. AMD can be "dry" and "wet." Dry AMD is more common and less severe. In wet AMD, blood vessels under the macula leak and cause it to become uneven. Vision becomes distorted and blurred.

How is AMD detected? You'll probably be asked to look at an Amsler Grid with its pattern of straight lines (although they may appear wavy to someone with AMD) and to have a test where special dyes are injected into an arm vein. Photographs are taken as the dye travels in blood vessels under the retina. This helps the doctor detect and treat leaky vessels. The doctor also looks for yellow material in the retina, called drusen, which can be an early sign of AMD.

Is there treatment for Macular Degeneration? Definitely, especially for wet macular degeneration. The goal is to stop the formation and leakage of new blood vessels. Newer and better laser, surgical and drug treatments are constantly being developed.

What if I’ve already lost vision to AMD? In certain cases, some vision can be restored and in other situations, further loss of vision can be reduced.

To learn more about our Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) services contact Albany Eye Associates at 518-434-1042 to schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Doctors.