Eye Examination for ARMD: Macular Degeneration

When You Need Eye Exam for Macular Degeneration. Randall Wong, M.D., Retina specialist, Fairfax, Virginia.

Routine eye examinations for macular degeneration in patients without symptoms are probably not necessary. Unlike conditions such as diabetic retinopathy, where the disease is likely to occur  yet still be asymptomatic, macular degeneration is not "silent" and does have associated symptoms. Once diagnosed with macular degeneration; however,  routine examinations are … [Read more...]

You Look All Bent Out of Shape

Distortion, also known as metamorphopsia, is a symptom of many macular diseases.   Anything that affects the macula can cause distortion; epiretinal membranes, macular holes, macular edema, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration.  The macula is a place in the retina, the functional center.  Thus, the term "macular" becomes an adjective when describing retinal … [Read more...]

Testing Your Eyes at Home

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The major problem with wet macular degeneration is that the "wet" abnormal blood vessels tend to affect the macula.  This usually causes decreased vision and distortion.  Home monitoring, or self-monitoring, is based on the premise that new distortion may signify presence of neovascularization. Patients with wet macular degeneration have two major concerns; recurrence … [Read more...]

How To Tell if You Have Macular Degeneration

What are the symptoms of macular degeneration?  Most patients have blurry vision and distortion.  Macular degeneration is usually a bilateral disease (both eyes are involved) and is progressive, thus, symptoms are usually in both eyes and progress over time.  The symptoms of blurry vision usually are persistent (they don't come and go) and occur gradually. Symptoms of … [Read more...]

Do Macular Degeneration Patients Really Need Eye Exams?

Macular degeneration is a disease that affects the central vision.  Wet or dry, it leads to progressive loss of vision.  But how useful are regular examinations to detect and prevent damage to your central vision? But first, some history. Macular degeneration comes in two flavors, exudative (wet ARMD) and non-exudative (dry ARMD).  It usually affects both eyes in … [Read more...]