Beginning Symptons of AMD, What Can You Do?

San Antonio LASIK Surgeon Dr. Iskander Answers Your Questions

Q: My eye doctor told me I have the beginning symptoms of AMD. Is there anything I can do that will help my vision?

A: Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a very common condition and it is actually the leading cause of vision loss in adults over the age of 60. With your early symptoms, you may have noticed a slight loss of your central vision. This is because the disease affects the macula which is in turn responsible for central vision that allows details to be seen clearly. February is actually AMD Awareness Month and there are a few lifestyle measures that can be taken to help preserve your vision.

Unfortunately, there is no “cure” for AMD. However, there are treatments that may help reduce the impact or to slow the progression of the disease. For example, antioxidant vitamins and zinc supplementation, as well as consuming dark leafy greens and colourful fruits and vegetables are helpful steps you can take in your everyday lifestyle. Also, keeping an Amsler-Grid at home to regularly check your vision will help you determine if your sight begins to worsen. In addition, smoking cessation and routine exercise can help prevent AMD from worsening. For severe vision loss, there are treatments such as Anti-VEGF injections, Photodynamic therapy (PDT), and laser surgery. As always, be sure to have routine eye exams and talk with your eye doctor about what treatment plans might be best for you.