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Leesburg - Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of severe vision loss disease in Caucasians over the age of 50 in the United States. Although there is currently no cure, there is hope for those with AMD.
As part of Age-Related Macular Degeneration/Low Vision Awareness Month, which is observed during the month of February, Dr. Michael P. Pennachio, Lake County Eye M.D., urges local residents to prevent age-related vision problems by having regular medical eye exams and to talk with their Eye M.D. about low vision rehabilitation if they have visual impairments.
Macular degeneration is a progressive, usually painless disease that affects the macula, the spot on the retina at the back of the eye responsible for central vision, causing central vision to blur, but leaving peripheral vision intact.
"Although there is no proven cure for AMD, early diagnosis and treatment may slow the condition," said Dr. Michael P. Pennachio. "The good news is that research continues, and I think we'll see increasingly effective treatments becoming available in the near future. For example, current findings show that high levels of zinc and antioxidants can play a key role in slowing the progression of advanced AMD."
"For now, however, people should beware of claims being made on the Internet, in newspapers and in magazines announcing cures for macular degeneration. Investigate the claims thoroughly and talk with your Eye M.D. before undergoing any treatments," said Dr. Michael P. Pennachio. "Most of these treatments have not been proven safe or effective, and may be very costly."
Laser treatment can sometimes treat the "wet" form of AMD (the rarer, more serious form). However, there is no proven, effective treatment yet for the "dry" form (the most common form). But vision loss doesn't have to mean loss of independence or quality of life. If you have low vision, ask your Eye M.D. about low vision rehabilitation. He or she can provide low vision services or refer you to local agencies that can help.
For more information on Age-Related Macular Degeneration and low vision resources, visit the American Academy of Ophthalmology's partner website at www.medem.com.
For more information visit www.amd.org.
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