Understanding Age-Related Macular Degeneration: Symptoms and Treatment Options

Posted on: April 10, 2024

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a condition that affects many individuals over the age of 50 and is a leading cause of vision impairment. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with AMD, it’s important to understand the symptoms and available treatment options. 

What is Age-Related Macular Degeneration? 

AMD primarily affects the macula, the small central portion of the retina responsible for sharp, central vision. As AMD progresses, it can lead to a loss of central vision, making it difficult to see fine details of objects both nearby and in the distance. However, peripheral (side) vision typically remains unaffected. 

Symptoms of AMD 

The symptoms of AMD can vary from person to person, but they often include: 

  • Blurred or distorted central vision 
  • Difficulty reading or recognizing faces 
  • Increased sensitivity to glare 
  • Decreased ability to see colors clearly 
  • Visual hallucinations or seeing straight lines as wavy or crooked 

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s crucial to schedule a comprehensive eye exam with one of our experienced retina specialists:
Dr. Clement Chan, Dr. Steven Lin, or Dr. Martha Henao

Treatment Options 

While there is currently no cure for AMD, there are several treatment options available to help slow its progression and manage its symptoms. These may include: 

  • Intravitreal Injections: Medications such as anti-VEGF agents can be injected into the eye to reduce abnormal blood vessel growth and leakage, which are characteristic of AMD. 
  • Photodynamic Therapy (PDT): This treatment involves using a special light-sensitive medication and laser therapy to target abnormal blood vessels in the eye. 
  • Laser Therapy: In certain cases, laser therapy can be used to destroy abnormal blood vessels and reduce the risk of further vision loss. 

Take Action Today 

If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of AMD, don’t wait to seek treatment. Contact Desert Retina Consultants today at (760) 340-2394 to schedule a retinal exam with one of our specialists.
Ask about Clinical Trials! Desert Retina Consultants stays on the cutting edge of treatments for AMD by participating in clinical trials aimed at developing a lasting treatment. Early detection and intervention are key to preserving your vision and maintaining your quality of life.

Don’t let AMD hold you back from seeing the world clearly – take the first step towards better eye health today!