Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a vision condition impacting many individuals over the age of 65. It results in a deterioration of the center of your retina, resulting in a loss of central vision. Peripheral vision is not affected by age-related macular degeneration.
As with most vision conditions, early diagnosis and treatment will help prevent serious vision loss down the road. Therefore, it's important to go for regular eye exams every year once you're over the age of 45. In addition, by knowing the warning signs of AMD, you can seek treatment before the condition develops to a more advanced stage.
Unfortunately, there are often no symptoms at the onset of age-related macular degeneration, especially if the condition only impacts one eye. In addition, there is no pain to alert you that something may be wrong.
However, as AMD progresses you may begin to notice some symptoms. The early stages of AMD, called dry macular degeneration, often result in:
- Straight lines appearing distorted
- Shadowy areas in the center of your vision
- Difficulty adapting to low light levels, especially after spending time outside
- Decreased brightness or intensity of colors
- The need for brighter light when doing close work, such as reading
- Increased blurriness of printed words
- Difficulty recognizing faces
Over a period of several years, dry macular degeneration will gradually progress to the more advanced stage, called wet macular degeneration. Once this occurs, you may experience a much more sudden change in your vision.
You should visit Kirk Eye Center for a diagnostic exam if you begin to notice any of the above-mentioned symptoms. Dr. Kirk can recommend a customized treatment plan to address your unique individual needs.
Please contact Kirk Eye Center using the form on this page or call 970-669-1107 today to schedule an eye exam. We serve patients in Loveland, Windsor, Fort Collins and the surrounding areas of Colorado.