Macular Degeneration


Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in Australia today.

if you are aged over 50 you should have your macula checked at least every 2 years.

OCT Scanning is the state of the art technology for macula examination – available now in Mentone.

What is age-related macular degeneration?  (AMD)The macula is the most sensitive part of the retina at the back of the eye which provides us with our straight-ahead and sharpest vision (e.g. reading fine print). When this part of the retina degenerates, there is loss of central detailed vision. There are three main stages of AMD:1. Early AMD:  Tiny yellow deposits about the width of a human hair called drusen appear in the macula.  At this point there is no loss of vision.2. Intermediate AMD:  Larger drusen appear together with pigment changes appear. There may be a small reduction in vision.3. Late AMD:  As well as drusen and pigment changes there is significant macula damage which may be of 2 kinds:

  • geographic atrophy or ‘dry’ AMD  – marked by increased loss of vision making it difficult to read newspaper size print or see TV or road signs clearly.
  • neo-vascular or ‘wet’ AMD  – abnormal blood vessels begin to grow under the retina which leak fluid and blood causing a much more serious loss of vision.
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How is AMD detected?There are a number of tests available including the letter chart test, the Amsler Grid test and viewing the retina with an ophthalmoscope.
Currently the best way to detect AMD is to do an OCT scan. I am now able to offer this latest technology for a modest fee. Ring 03 9583 0855 today for an appointment
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Can I prevent AMD?
 Further reading:  Macular Degeneration Foundation of Australia

 

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Phone for an appointment today – 9583 0855.