Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of irreversible vision loss and blindness in older adults in the developed world. Macular degeneration is a costly disease for both the family and the healthcare system. Effective therapies are most cost effective if they are personalized for the patient and provided at the earliest detection of the developing disease. The best way to care for yourself and your eyes if you have AMD is to visit our Fairfax adult retina doctor at The Retina Group of Washington.
Over 90% of individuals who live through their 70s and into their 80s will have changes in their retina due to AMD, which is a disease of the macula that present itself as small deposits on the retina and/or pigmentation changes in the retina. Approximately 20% of those who develop the early and intermediate forms will progress to advanced disease with vision loss as they age. Vision can be saved if AMD is detected at an early stage. However, most people don’t know they are at an increased risk and don’t go to an eye care professional until the symptoms worsen and disease is advanced in one eye. It is then too late to save the first eye other than perhaps preventing further progression. However, our team of Fairfax adult retina specialists at the retina care center of The Retina Group of Washington will ensure the correct therapies and treatment plans can be put into place to ensure the patient’s vision, as well as their overall health, is preserved.
If you’ve been diagnosed with early or intermediate Age-Related Macular Degeneration, then you need to visit our Fairfax adult retina doctor at The Retina Group of Washington so that we can accurately determine the risk of your AMD progressing into advanced stages. We can then take the necessary treatment plan to preserve your vision. If you would like to learn more about AMD, we highly recommend that you visit our practice’s main website to browse through some additional, detailed information that you might find useful. If you have any specific questions or concerns regarding retina care, or any of our other services, please do not hesitate to contact the staff here directly.