Why AMD Patients Need 2 Doctors
Central vision is an important element of your overall vision, allowing you to see images and objects as you look straight ahead. This function affects your ability to read books, drive a car, watch TV, or recognize faces. For patients with Macular Degeneration, these everyday functions become more of a struggle.
Treatment for Age-Related Macular Degeneration
While there is no cure for AMD, there are some things you can do – together with your doctors – to stop the disease from deteriorating further and prevent total blindness.
For the most effective treatment, patients should visit 2 doctors: one to treat the medical condition itself and one to manage the patient’s vision.
Why 2 Doctors?
Since Age-Related Macular Degeneration is an eye disease, visiting a medical doctor is necessary. Just like going to your family doctor for an illness or injury, proper medical care for your eyes is critical. One doctor treats the medical condition by preventing AMD from worsening, while a Low Vision doctor enhances the patient’s remaining vision.
What Medical Care Involves
Medical care from your eye doctor typically includes monitoring your blood pressure, since high BP can negatively impact the many blood vessels in the eye. Your doctor can also help you quit smoking, which is important as smoking increases the risk of developing AMD.
Changing your diet is something your doctor can also assist with. Foods rich in zinc and antioxidants have been shown to protect against and slow down the progression of AMD. Furthermore, daily nutritional supplements can aid in slowing down the disease, such as vitamin C, vitamin E, lutein, zeaxanthin, zinc, and copper.
For more severe cases of AMD, the doctor may suggest treatments such as laser surgery, injecting light sensitive dyes, or AMD medication, which is injected directly into the eye. These options can suppress the growth of abnormal blood vessels, thus blocking the wet form of Macular Degeneration from developing.
What Low Vision Care Involves
A Low Vision doctor helps optimize your remaining vision with devices such as magnifiers and telescopes. These aids can enlarge images so that you can see them in greater detail. Some aids are placed on special glasses to allow you to drive, read, write, or use a computer with sharper, clearer vision. Others can magnify images in your direct line of vision, allowing you to recognize facial details with clarity.
Dr. Paul Woolf’s goal is to use your remaining vision to enable you to do the things you enjoy. If AMD prevents you from reading books, driving, running errands, enjoying screen time on your computer or smartphone, or spending time with friends or family, we can help. The staff at Low Vision Center At Woolf Eye Care can recommend the best visual aids and devices to enhance the quality of your life.
Patients may experience signs of AMD without knowing it — at least until more noticeable symptoms develop, such as vision deterioration.
The most frequent signs of AMD include:
- Blind spots
- Blurry or clouded vision
- Distorted images
- Fuzzy-looking vision
- Shadows or dark spots on an image or object
If you or a loved one is showing any of these signs – whether mild or severe – speak with Dr. Paul Woolf immediately. The earlier AMD is diagnosed, the sooner it can be managed.
If you have any questions or concerns, speak with our staff at Low Vision Center At Woolf Eye Care and schedule a consultation. Let us help enhance your central vision and help you find the best way to enjoy a higher quality of life.