Dry AMD is a type of macular degeneration, an eye condition that affects many people. Those who suffer from dry AMD experience atrophy within the retinal pigment epithelial cells. This causes problems with central vision, color perception and, over time, vision loss. At The Retina Group of Washington, our ophthalmologist in Sterling can diagnose and treat dry AMD. We are one of the largest, most respected retinal/macular practices in the United States.
The atrophy of dry AMD causes yellow crystalline deposits inside the macula, called drusen, along with thinning of the macula. Drusen are a definite sign of dry age-related macular degeneration. Made up of lipids, there are a few different types of drusen that can carry different risks. Those who experience dry AMD have a greater risk of developing wet AMD, which causes abnormal blood vessels to develop under the macula, and can cause loss of central vision. If detected early, there is better success in treating wet AMD. At The Retina Group of Washington, our ophthalmologist in Sterling can check patients for dry AMD using a method called ForeseeHome. Foresee Home is the first FDA-approved home monitoring device that can help with early detection of dry AMD. This device can detect even the smallest changes in vision, even within short time frames.
Using the ForeseeHome monitor daily can help to detect these small changes in vision, even if the patient cannot see them themselves. This allows our ophthalmologist in Sterling to monitor your vision for changes that take place in between your regularly scheduled eye exam. If your vision does change in between exams, we can then schedule an appointment for you to check for dry or wet AMD. We believe that the earlier the detection, the earlier we can start treatment and help your vision get back on track. There is no concrete treatment for dry AMD except for early detection. Changing one’s lifestyle to lessen risk factors can help, as can taking certain supplements. There are a number of different treatments for wet AMD, however. Speaking with our doctor to see if the ForeseeHome monitor is right for you is the first step to combating and detecting macular degeneration.