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Macular Degeneration

What is Macular Degeneration?

ARMD (Age Related Macular Degeneration) is a process of wear and tear in the macula, which is the part of the eye responsible for sharp, central vision and color. It is the leading cause of vision loss among people over the age of 65. Macular degeneration usually affects both eyes and can be either gradual or abrupt. Peripheral (side) vision is unaffected.

What Causes Macular Degeneration?

Age-Related Macular Degeneration is an eye condition that can worsen with too much light exposure, similar to how certain plants can be harmed by excessive sun. It primarily impacts the macula, the part of your eye that’s crucial for clear, sharp vision.

In Dry Macular Degeneration, light might contribute to a buildup of waste in the eye, leading to swelling. This can sometimes progress to the more serious ‘Wet’ type. An innovative treatment called Syfovre offers hope for those suffering from this condition, providing a new way to manage and potentially improve their vision.

In Wet Macular Degeneration, vision loss can happen quickly and severely. This occurs when new, abnormal blood vessels start growing and leaking, causing swelling in the macula and blurring your vision. Overusing your eyes doesn’t cause Macular Degeneration; it’s influenced by a variety of risk factors, such as cardiovascular disease or high blood pressure.

For those facing Wet Macular Degeneration, there’s a promising treatment called Vabysmo. Vabysmo is designed to target and treat the condition by addressing the abnormal blood vessels. This treatment can help manage and potentially reduce the symptoms of Wet Macular Degeneration, offering hope for improved vision.

As with any medical treatment, consulting with an eye care professional is crucial to understanding how Syfovre or Vabysmo can help in individual cases.

Contact Florida Eye Institute today to schedule your comprehensive eye exam and prevent vision loss.

Amsler Grid

Normal Amsler Grid

Normal Amsler Grid

AMD Amsler Grid illustration of what it looks like if you have Macular Degeneration

AMD Amsler Grid

The Amsler Grid is a simple test used at home to monitor for macular degeneration between eye care visits.

Follow directions on the grid.

All lines should appear straight, all intersections should form right angles and all the squares should appear the same size.

If any of the lines look wavy, blurred or distorted, contact your eye care professional.

Pick up a Free Amsler Magnet at our Vero Beach or Sebastian office.

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