The macular is a small-specialised central area responsible for fine detail and colour vision.

We are committed to educating our patients about macular degeneration and as such have created a series of videos and information packets about these. If you would like to know more or would like a thorough eye examination then please book in or give us a call on 07 8473195.

 

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Macular Degeneration is usually a slowly progressing disease where the central area becomes thin and damaged, functioning less well.

A more severe form of Macular Degeneration exists but this is less common. In this condition blood vessels growing under the macula leak fluid or blood, which form distortions to the smooth, even surface of retina and damage the retina cells. Accumulations of visual byproducts remain in the retina and these are called drusen. Vision becomes distorted and eventually reduces considerably.

The most accurate way to monitor these accumulations in private practice is with a machine called an OCT. This machine uses light to build a model of the eye and retina and allows us to see the layers underneath the retina and look for drusen. If we notice a change in the appearance of these then we refer to an ophthalmologist. At home it is critical that all patients with a diagnosis of Macular Degeneration use an AMSLER grid for self testing.

Example of macular degeneration and drusen

Early detection is important, as some forms of Macular Degeneration respond to treatment; however, lost vision cannot be restored.

If you or family members notice distortion of near vision, wavy lines, gaps and holes in a page of print, it could be sign of early Macular Degeneration and should be examined by an optometrist.

 

This year we an a series of posts for Macular Degeneration week.

Click any of the below articles to read more:

Nutrition

What is AMD?

Macular Degeneration Risk Factors?

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