Most of us have heard of Macular Degeneration, or may know someone who has it...but what actually is it?
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a painless eye condition that causes loss of central vision, usually in both eyes. This sight loss usually happens gradually over time. AMD doesn't affect your peripheral vision (side vision), which means it will not cause complete sight loss. Macular degeneration develops when the part of the eye responsible for central vision (the macula) is unable to function as effectively as it used to. The condition is most common in people over the age of 50. It's estimated 1 in every 10 people over 65 have some degree of AMD.
There are two main types – dry AMD and wet AMD. There is currently no treatment for Dry AMD. In the case of Wet AMD, time is critical to start treatment and minimise vision loss.
With our Premium Eye Examination, we use Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT) scans to create a 3D image of the structures of the eye. This means your Optometrist can see much more detail and detect small changes much earlier. The key with Dry AMD is early diagnosis, as although there is no cure, there can be ways to slow the progression. The OCT scans are crucial to monitoring the disease and this means our Optometrists can provide on going advice and support.
For more information about our Premium Eye Examination, you can contact our Kilmarnock practice on 01563 525059 and you can book your appointment online now.