Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a common eye condition among senior citizens. Unfortunately, there is a good deal of misinformation circulating about this condition. Today, the eye doctor at Nova Vision Center debunks three common myths about AMD.
Myth 1: AMD Leads to Blindness
While AMD can cause partial vision loss, it does not result in total blindness. AMD mainly affects the macula, which is the central-most part of the retina. The macula is responsible for your focused vision; for example, it enables you to read and recognize faces. Patients with AMD, even in its worst forms, can still use their peripheral vision to perform everyday tasks like dressing themselves and walking.
Myth 2: Treating Dry AMD Is Easier Than Treating Wet AMD
There is no known treatment for dry AMD. However, there is a special supplement that can be taken to reduce the risk of progression for patients with intermediate-stage AMD. This special formulation of vitamins is called AREDS 2, and it consists of vitamins C and E and other antioxidants like lutein, copper and zeaxanthin. Keep in mind that this doesn’t treat AMD or improve vision, so you will still need your eyeglasses for day-to-day tasks.
Myth 3: When Caught Early, the Course of Macular Degeneration Can Be Reversed
While the progression of AMD can be slowed down with proper treatment, there is no cure for condition. Taking the right supplements and adopting an “eye-friendly” lifestyle can be beneficial. This typically involves maintaining an exercise routine, wearing sunglasses when outside, avoiding smoking and lowering your blood pressure.
Nova Vision Center is a family-oriented practice that provides a wide range of optometric services. Whether you need an eye exam, pediatric eye care or treatment for eye-related illnesses and injuries, we can help. Call us at (703) 578-3600 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve customers in Falls Church and Arlington, VA.