macular degeneration

Macular Degeneration (AMD)


Macular Degeneration (AMD) at Center for Sight serving Fall River, Massachusetts and greater Providence, Rhode Island

By Robert Kelly, M.D.

Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a frequent eye disease we see among seniors at Center for Sight in Fall River. Macular Degeneration or Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a disease of the Retina in which the central portion of the Retina, called the Macula, is damaged. Few people are aware that Macular Degeneration is an incurable eye disease and is the leading cause of legal blindness for those aged 55 and older in the United States, affecting more than 10 million Americans in some fashion.

macularMacular Degeneration is caused by the deterioration of the central portion of the Retina, the inside back layer of the eye that records the images that you see and sends them via the Optic Nerve from the eye to the brain.

The Macula is responsible for providing central vision. Central vision is the sharpest or clearest area of your vision and is required for activities such as seeing fine detail of faces, reading and recognizing colors.  The Macula provides you with the precise vision required for driving a car and is responsible for central or “straight ahead” vision.

There are a number of different types of Macular Degeneration. Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the most common type of Macular Degeneration.  Your chances of developing Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) are directly related to your age. The older you are, the greater the chance that Macular Degeneration will affect you.

Macular Degeneration is a complex eye disease. Fortunately with early diagnosis it is possible to have a number of treatment options available to help preserve your vision.

If you, a family member or friend have not had a recent eye examination or if you feel that you may be at risk for Macular Degeneration, please schedule an appointment by calling Center for Sight in Fall River, Massachusetts at 508-730-2020.

Center for Sight is conveniently located for Macular Degeneration (AMD) patients in need of evaluation, diagnosis and treatment in Massachusetts or Rhode Island from Attleboro, Fairhaven, Fall River, Franklin, Mansfield, Marion, Mattapoisett, Medfield, Milford, New Bedford, North Attleboro, North Dartmouth, Norton, Oxford, Rehoboth, Somerset, Swansea, Taunton, Walpole, Whitinsville, Woonsocket, Providence, Smithfield, Westport, Lakeville, Dighton, Little Compton and Tiverton.