Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a condition that affects many individuals over the age of 50 and is a leading cause of vision loss. Dr. Douglas Matsunaga and the team at Pacific Eye Institute want to ensure that you have the information you need to understand this condition and take steps to preserve your vision. 

What is Age-Related Macular Degeneration? 

AMD affects the macula, which is the central part of the retina responsible for sharp, central vision. Patients with AMD may experience a gradual loss of central vision, which can make it difficult to see fine details, whether up close or at a distance. However, peripheral (side) vision typically remains unaffected. 

Symptoms of ARMD: 

  • Blurred or distorted central vision 
  • Difficulty seeing in dimly lit conditions 
  • Colors appearing less vivid 
  • Straight lines appearing distorted or wavy 

If you experience any of these symptoms, scheduling a comprehensive eye exam with a retina specialist is essential. 

Treatment Options 

While there is no cure for AMD, early detection and treatment can help manage the condition and slow its progression. Treatment options may include: 

  • Anti-VEGF Injections: These medications are injected into the eye to help reduce the growth of abnormal blood vessels, which can help preserve vision. 
  • Laser Therapy: In some cases, laser therapy may seal off leaking blood vessels in the eye. 
  • Pacific Eye Institute emphasizes the importance of (AREDS) Age-Related Eye Disease Studies to support eye care and maintain eye health. Individuals can proactively manage their eye health and reduce the risk of age-related eye diseases such as macular degeneration by adopting a diet rich in nutrients like lutein and zeaxanthin found in dark green leafy vegetables. 

Schedule a Retinal Exam Today! 

If you are experiencing symptoms of AMD or are at risk due to age or family history, schedule a retinal exam with Dr. Douglas Matsunaga at Pacific Eye Institute. Early detection and treatment are vital to preserving your vision and maintaining your quality of life. 

Don’t wait until it’s too late. Contact Pacific Eye Institute today at 1-800-345-8979 to schedule your appointment and learn more about how we can help you manage age-related macular degeneration. Your vision is precious – let us help you protect it.