An estimated 2.1 million Canadians suffer from AMD, with an estimated 78,000 developing AMD every year.
A positive byproduct of its prevalence is that, while there is currently no cure for AMD, there are available treatment options that significantly delay the onset and impacts of AMD.
We know that we avidly promote the importance of early detection, but it really is the best and most effective way to address Age-Related Macular Degeneration.
With early detection, supplementation and management can reduce the immediate severity of AMD as well as delay its onset.
While there are some risk factors that cannot be controlled – such as age, race, and family history – many risk factors can be controlled – such as smoking, weight, hypertension, diet, and UV exposure.
When you visit our Optometrist we will perform a comprehensive eye exam to diagnose and determine the severity of your AMD. From there, we will create a personalized treatment and management plan that will help you better live with AMD and its impacts.
AMD is the leading cause of vision impairment in people over age 60.
AMD occurs when the macula – the central part of your retina – deteriorates due to age or lifestyle factors. It has two forms: dry, which is most notable for yellowish spots on the macula that slowly begin to blur/dim vision; wet, which is a result of abnormal blood vessel growth in the area underneath the macula, called the choroid.
Learn about age-related macular degeneration in depth on WebMD.
Risk factors are a combination of hereditary, genetic, and lifestyle factors.
Treatment options exist that can delay its onset, sometimes by a decade or more. If caught early enough we can implement a management program to help you maintain strong vision quality.
If you are over 60 and have otherwise been in good eye health, it can seem counterintuitive to suddenly start getting annual eye exams. However, many eye diseases can start off asymptomatic. Often, by the time symptoms have become obvious it may be too late to effectively treat the disease.
We encourage you to be proactive with your eye health and get an annual eye exam. In many cases your medical benefits provider will cover some or all of the cost, as will MSP if you are over 65.