Vistar Insights

Protect Your Peepers!

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

February is National Age-Related Macular Degeneration and Low Vision Awareness Month. Although it seems like a mouthful, imagine not being able to read those words at all. Imagine a world without colors or definition. Or a more dangerous consequence —constant blurriness preventing you from seeing printed signs on the highway.

It’s true that age-related macular degeneration (AMD) naturally occurs as we get older (hence the name), but that doesn’t mean it can’t be prevented. Taking care of your health by eating well and exercising, as well as quitting smoking, can be keys to preventing this common disease.

Most importantly, scheduling regular exams with your eye doctor (at least once a year) is a crucial part of AMD prevention. The optometrist can check for symptoms of the disease inside of your eye, and determine if treatment is necessary. Options for addressing the condition can differ depending on individual needs, but generally include intraocular injections and laser treatments.

If straight lines have been blurred lately, or if you’re experiencing dark/gray spots in your vision, it’s possible that you’re experiencing early symptoms of AMD. Even if your vision seems normal, we want to help you keep it that way. Schedule an appointment with us today, and take the first step to prolonging your eyesight.