One of the more common causes of vision loss in older patients is that of age-related macular degeneration, or AMD. AMD is an eye disease that causes the deterioration of the central portion of vision on the retina, called the macula. The macula offers central vision acuity, and if this is impacted, patients may find that they struggle with many daily activities and tasks as the condition progresses. This includes driving or reading.
What are common signs of macular degeneration?
When Dr. Steve Thom and his team are evaluating patients, they may ask questions to patients about their vision concerns. Some of the symptoms that macular degeneration has begun include:
- Missing portions of one’s vision
- Shadows that appear
- Blurry and distorted vision
- Decreased appearance of contrast in vision
With a proper evaluation, Dr. Steve Thom can offer a definitive diagnosis of age-related macular degeneration, and work with patients to determine what can be done to slow its progression.
What types of AMD can be diagnosed?
There are two varieties of age-related macular degeneration that may be diagnosed, including dry macular degeneration, typically diagnosed, and wet macular degeneration. The dry macular degeneration type is the most common form, and faster degeneration of the macula occurs with wet macular degeneration. During an evaluation with our team, the condition and they type will be determined for our patients. Then, solutions may be recommended that can help slow the progression and maintain vision longer than situations where no treatment is sought.
What factors increase one’s risk of developing AMD?
- Extended exposure to sunlight without protection
- Patients with hypertension
- Family history/genetics
- One’s age
- Smoking cigarettes
- Cardiovascular conditions
Learn more about macular degeneration
Dr. Steve Thom and his team of professionals in Fargo, ND are dedicated to providing patients with routine ophthalmology services as well as the evaluation of the eyes to look for the signs of macular degeneration in older patients. If you live in the community and are interested in learning more about this and other conditions that can impact your vision, call the office at (701) 235-5200. Our facility, located at 2601 University Drive S, offers premier eye care for both new and current patients.