Have you ever wondered why your eye care provider spends so much time carefully examining your eyes? Although they are looking for diseases or conditions that can affect your vision during eye exa ...View Article
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According to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation, more than 10 million people in the United States are living with macular degeneration. At Brighton Eye Associates, you can connect with optometrists in Brighton CO who can diagnose this common condition and help you maximize your vision.
Macular degeneration is often referred to as AMD or age-related macular degeneration. It occurs when the macula (the center of your retina which sees detail) progressively thins, scars, and becomes diseased. There are two different ways this can happen:
Macular degeneration is more likely to occur as you age. Genetics and environment will play a role in its development, with things like smoking, excessive sunlight exposure, being of Caucasian descent, or having a positive family history all thought to be known risk factors.
The main symptom is blurriness and vision loss in the center of your line of sight. It might be hard to read or see people's faces, for instance. Peripheral (side) vision usually remains intact and in the later stages of AMD legal blindness may occur.
An eye doctor in Brighton can diagnose AMD on a comprehensive eye exam by looking at the internal anatomy of your eye and by testing your vision. Diagnosis is possible even before symptoms show up, and since earlier detection and treatment may help slow the progression of the disease, it's extremely important to meet with your eye doctor regularly, especially as you get older. Though AMD can't be cured and it may not be 100% preventable, our eye doctors can help you manage your disease effectively with services such as:
Do you believe you may be living with AMD or are you past due for an eye exam? Contact Brighton Eye Associates to schedule an appointment with one of our optometrists by calling303-659-3036.