Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD or AMD) is a disease that causes progressive
deterioration or breakdown of the eye’s macula. The macula is that part of the retina which is
responsible for your central vision, allowing you to see fine details clearly. Macular degeneration is a part of body’s natural ageing process. It is quite common after the age of 65 years. There are mainly two types of AMD – ‘wet’ and ‘dry’. ‘Wet’ AMD is most severe but more treatable. Visual loss caused by AMD cannot normally be reversed, hence early Diagnosis and Treatment is very important.
Symptoms of Age related Macular Degeneration
The early symptom is straight lines appears wavy
A ‘blind spot’ which develops in the middle of visual field
Difficulty recognizing faces
Blurred colours in newspaper and books
Treament fot Age related Macular Degeneration
In recent years a group of medicines called anti-VEGFs (Avastin, Leucentis, Eyelea, and Ozurdex ) has been developed which helps to prevent the formation of the abnormal blood vessels that occur in Wet ARMD. These are injected in the eye for management of the diseases.
In exceptional cases special laser application to the retina and surgery may be required.
Advanced investigations like OCT and FFA are performed to observe the response of the treatment.
Onkar H. Pirdankar M.Optom, M.S. (Vision Science) Mr. Onkar Pirdankar is associated with Isha Netralaya as Consultant Low Vision Care. He completed his post graduation with majoring in Low Vision in 2010 from Lotus
Dr. Aditi Nair MBBS, DNB(ophthal), FRCS(Glasgow), FAEH(Glaucoma) Dr. Aditi Nair is a MBBS from Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS,Nashik). She then completed her DNB in Ophthalmology and subsequently
Dr. Lomesh Patil MS, DNB, FICO, FCRS Dr. Lomesh Patil graduated from Pravara Medical College, Loni, Maharashtra. He completed his M.S ophthalmology from government medical college, Dibrugarh, Assam. He did his
Dr. Amit .S. Nene MBBS, MS, DNB, FICO, FVRS Dr. Amit Shriram Nene completed his basic medical education (MBBS) from Pravara Institute of medical science , Loni with a gold medal and post graduate training (MS) from
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