What Are The Three Stages Of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)?

The Three Stages of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

If you're experiencing age-related macular degeneration (AMD) or you're at risk for the disease, it is important to understand it, how it progresses, and how you can protect your vision. At Atlantic Eyecare in Virginia Beach, VA, we can provide guidance on how to monitor AMD and when to visit us for check-up appointments. Before visiting us, learn more about the stages for Age-Related Macular Degeneration below!

The Early Stage of AMD

In the early stage of AMD you won't have any symptoms. It’s important to visit our optometrist regularly so we can perform a dilated eye exam, which will show any signs of AMD that you may not notice. Early detection is important and lets us monitor the progression if you are diagnosed with the disease.

Intermediate AMD

When you have intermediate AMD, you might not notice any problems or you might find that you have trouble seeing in lower light and that your central vision is a little bit blurry. Our optometrist will be able to see signs of a thinning macula and may suggest vitamins and other supplements that can help you manage any vision changes.

AMD in the Late Stage

In later stages, people with AMD often lose a lot of their central vision. You might not be able to drive anymore and you could have trouble reading or seeing faces clearly. Straight lines can appear wavy and your central vision may be blurry or dark. In addition, the blurry or dark spots in your central vision can become blank and colors may seem muted.

Contact us for Age-Related Macular Degeneration Treatment

If you're in Virginia Beach, VA and are experiencing symptoms of AMD, our team at Atlantic Eyecare can evaluate your condition and provide guidance for management. Contact us at (757) 340-7070 to today to schedule an appointment. We are committed to helping you see as well as possible for the long-term! 


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