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Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Limiting Your Vision?

You may not realize it, but you could be suffering from an eye disease right now. Many eye diseases don’t show any symptoms until they’ve already caused serious vision loss. Age-related macular degeneration (or AMD) is one such disease, affecting over 2 million Americans.

At Complete Family Eye Care, we have the technology to test for, and the expertise to educate you on AMD.

Prevention Through Education

We believe in a proactive approach to eye care. That’s why we take the time to educate our patients on the preventative measures they can take to reduce their risk of developing AMD. If AMD runs in your family, or we believe you’re at risk, we’ll make sure you’re familiar with the lifestyle changes and treatments that could help; including nutrition, regular exercise, and quitting smoking.

Understanding Age-Related Macular Degeneration

What is the Macula?

The interior back of your eye is covered with a complex system of tissues called the retina. In the center of the retina, there is a small cluster of very light sensitive cells. This cluster of cells is called the macula and it’s responsible for all of your central vision.

AMD exists when deterioration or degeneration of the macula occurs; causing dark spots or shadows in your central vision. If AMD goes untreated, you could lose your vision completely. There are two types of AMD, which are categorized by what kind of material is covering the macula.

The dry form of age-related macular degeneration is the much more common and more easily managed of the two. One of the early signs of dry AMD is the development of yellowish fatty deposits called drusen in the macula. It is called "dry" AMD because there is no evidence of bleeding, swelling or fluid in the retina. Although it is not as severe as the wet form of AMD, it can still cause irreversible vision loss.

Although only 10-20% of AMD cases are in the wet form, this branch of the disease is very fast moving with devastating effects. When blood vessels and retina become sick and deteriorate, the body tries to replace them by growing new blood vessels. But the new blood vessels are often weak, irregular, and damaged. As a result, they begin to leak blood and fluid into the eye; causing more damage, scarring, and vision loss.

What If You Have Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

Before we can take any steps to treat AMD, we first have to know it’s there. We need to give you a proper diagnosis and the only way we can do that is through a thorough eye exam. The earlier we diagnose you, the less likely you are to experience significant vision loss.

Adults over 60 should have their eyes examined once a year. If it’s been more than a year since your last eye exam, book an appointment with us today.

There are a number of treatments available for AMD. While none of them can cure the disease or undo the vision loss you’ve already experienced, they can help slow the progression of the disease and prevent further vision loss.

Whether it’s sealing off the damaged blood vessels through the use of lasers, or injecting medication into your eye to hinder the growth of new blood vessels, the staff at Complete Family Eye Care will be there to answer your questions and put your concerns to rest. There are also a number of lifestyle changes which could help prevent and treat AMD. These changes include maintaining a healthy diet with strong nutrition and keeping your blood pressure under control.

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Discover Complete Family Eye Care in Blackfoot

We are located on Meridian Street across from the Best Western Blackfoot Inn.
Visit us in store today and let us take care of you.

Address

720 N Meridian St. Suite A,
Blackfoot, ID 83221. United States

Phone: 208-785-7274
Fax: 208-785-7377
Email: [email protected]

Hours

Monday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Discover Complete Family Eye Care in Arco

We are located in the Lost Rivers Medical Center on Highland Drive.
Visit us in store today and let us take care of you.

Address

551 Highland Dr,
Arco, ID 83212, United States

Phone: 208-684-7114
Fax: 208-785-7337
Email: [email protected]

Hours

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday: Closed
Friday: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

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