Am I at risk?
Although macular degeneration can affect anyone, it’s most common in people over the age of 50, smokers and those with a family history of the condition. Other risk factors are obesity, high blood pressure and having unchecked cardiovascular disease.
Early detection is crucial
Early detection is vital in reducing the severity of symptoms – that’s why it’s so important to get your eyes tested regularly. Because macular degeneration has many different symptoms and in its early stages they can be hard to detect, even the smallest change to your vision should never be ignored.
What we look for in your eye test
Our optometrists use the latest technology to detect macular degeneration, sometimes before symptoms even occur. This is done by examining your macula through an Optical Coherence Tomography scan (OCT). OCT scans provide the most comprehensive image of the eye available today.
Using 3D imaging technology, an OCT scan produces a highly detailed internal image of your eye, delivering a similar level of detail to an ultrasound or MRI. The best thing about OCT is that it allows your optometrist to clearly see the internal structure of your eye. This helps them to detect possible signs of macular degeneration before they progress into something more serious and result in permanent damage. The scan takes just a few minutes to complete and is completely pain-free as there’s no direct contact with your eye.
How do you treat macular degeneration?
The type of macular degeneration you have will determine your treatment options. Your Health Partners optometrist will discuss the best treatment plan for you depending on your condition and lifestyle.