AMD is the result of ageing processes in the eye. Some of the layers of the retina thicken and waste material which is usually removed from the retina forms deposits, distorting the retina. This distortion can cause damage to the other layers of the retina.
People with AMD may notice that they can no longer read as quickly as previously even with their reading spectacles, or they may notice that their vision has deteriorated. Many patients do not realise that they have a problem until their vision becomes blurred. At Outlook Eye Centre, Shannon performs a number of tests in an examination, which enables her to detect the presence of AMD in the early stages.
If you are diagnosed with AMD, Shannon will refer you to an eye specialist for further testing and treatment. For treatment of AMD to be effective, it must be diagnosed as early as possible. Regular eye examinations are the key to early detection of retinal changes and other signs of disease. If you notice any change in the quality of your vision, have your eyes examined immediately.
Regular examinations are particularly important for people over the age of 50 years and people whose families have a history of eye problems. Other important preventative measures include minimising exposure to UV light and cigarette smoke, both of which are associated with AMD. A low-fat diet rich in green leafy vegetables, nuts and fish may be beneficial in reducing the impact of AMD.