What is age-related macular degeneration?
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD):
- Is the leading cause of vision loss for people over the age of 60
- Gradually destroys the central vision needed to see objects clearly and perform common daily tasks
- Affects the macula which allows us to read, drive, and recognize faces
- Causes no pain but can lead to central or legal blindness
- Can advance slowly or rapidly
- Can cause vision loss in one or both eyes—patients with advanced AMD in one eye are at high risk of developing it in the other eye
- Can be categorized as “dry” or “wet,” each requiring different treatment
- Currently has no cure
If a comprehensive eye exam identifies a retinal problem, the doctor will refer you to a retinologist: an ophthalmologist who specializes in the treatment of the retina.
Dr. Jeffery Stephens and Dr. Niraj Shah are fellowship-trained retinal surgeons. They specializes in caring for problems of the vitreous cavity and retina, including premature retinopathy, diabetic retinopathy, detached retinas, and macular degeneration.
For more information, visit our retinal and vitreous services page.