One of the primary diseases eye doctors look for during an annual comprehensive exam is Macular Degeneration. Macular Degeneration is a condition in which the most sensitive part of the retina, called the macula, starts to break down and lose its ability to create clear visual images. The macula is responsible for our central, detail vision.AMD is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness in Americans of ages 65 and older. It’s estimated that more than 1.75 million U.S. residents currently have significant vision loss related to AMD.
Macular degeneration usually produces a slow, painless loss of vision. Early signs of vision loss associated with AMD can include problems seeing in dim lighting, difficulty with dark adaptation (adjusting from well-lit to poorly lit environments), seeing shadowy areas in your central vision or experiencing unusually fuzzy or distorted vision.
With OCT retina imaging, Dr. David and Dr. Hejny can diagnose macular degeneration in its earliest stages to start treatment early and lower the risk of vision loss. While there is no cure for AMD, early detection is the best way to prevent vision loss. Along with maintaining a healthy weight and quitting smoking, research shows that a diet rich in low-fat foods such as dark green, leafy vegetables can aid in the prevention of AMD. Vitamin C, vitamin E, lutein/zeaxanthin and zinc are all nutrients that help keep the eyes healthy.
New research has also found that exposure to Blue Light from LED lighting found in computers, smartphones, tablets, televisions and other electronic devices is a leading cause of macular degeneration. Studies show that the average child is exposed to a device up to 7 hours a day increasing the risk of macular degeneration at an early age. At Lamm David EyeCare, we put Blue Blocker Technology into our lenses along with UV protection to lower the risk of macular degeneration along with other eye health conditions.