Age-related macular degeneration is one of the most common causes of blindness in older adults — but that doesn’t mean it’s inevitable. Early detection can be the key to saving your sight, and it’s easier than you think. In fact, your best line of defense against macular degeneration may be something you’re already doing: getting regular exams with your eye doctor here in Hamilton, NJ.
If you’re over 65, the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends getting a regular eye exam at least once every 2 years, even if you don’t have any symptoms. In fact, this is a good schedule for anyone to maintain, because it helps your provider identify any changes in your eyes quite early on. Eye exams check for much more than macular degeneration, too. During a routine eye exam, your provider also checks for evidence of other eye disease, such as glaucoma, cataracts, and other retinal conditions.
You can easily screen yourself at home for macular degeneration with this easy test.
Take a look at the grid pictured here. Sitting about 18 inches away from your screen, focus on the dot in the middle of the grid. Cover your left eye and look at the dot, then cover your right. If at any time the boxes in the grid appear distorted, misshapen, or blurry, contact us so we can perform a more in-depth eye exam.
Left untreated, age-related macular degeneration can cause rapid and irreversible sight loss. But by simply seeing your eye care provider, you’re doing your part to make sure you retain excellent vision well into old age!