Skip to main content
Map
Menu
Blackfoot / 208-536-8844
Request An Appointment
cfec eyeissues
Home » Eye Care Services » Eye Disease Management » Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Senior Man with Macular Degeneration

 

Is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Limiting Your Vision?

You may not realize it, but you could be suffering from an eye disease right now. Many eye diseases don’t show any symptoms until they’ve already caused serious vision loss. Age-related macular degeneration (or AMD) is one such disease, affecting over 2 million Americans.

At Complete Family Eye Care, we have the technology to test for, and the expertise to educate you on AMD.

Prevention Through Education

We believe in a proactive approach to eye care. That’s why we take the time to educate our patients on the preventative measures they can take to reduce their risk of developing AMD. If AMD runs in your family, or we believe you’re at risk, we’ll make sure you’re familiar with the lifestyle changes and treatments that could help; including nutrition, regular exercise, and quitting smoking.

Understanding Age-Related Macular Degeneration

What is the Macula?

The interior back of your eye is covered with a complex system of tissues called the retina. In the center of the retina, there is a small cluster of very light sensitive cells. This cluster of cells is called the macula and it’s responsible for all of your central vision.

AMD exists when deterioration or degeneration of the macula occurs; causing dark spots or shadows in your central vision. If AMD goes untreated, you could lose your vision completely. There are two types of AMD, which are categorized by what kind of material is covering the macula.

What If You Have Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

Before we can take any steps to treat AMD, we first have to know it’s there. We need to give you a proper diagnosis and the only way we can do that is through a thorough eye exam. The earlier we diagnose you, the less likely you are to experience significant vision loss.

Adults over 60 should have their eyes examined once a year. If it’s been more than a year since your last eye exam, book an appointment with us today.

Treatment

There are a number of treatments available for AMD. While none of them can cure the disease or undo the vision loss you’ve already experienced, they can help slow the progression of the disease and prevent further vision loss.

Whether it’s sealing off the damaged blood vessels through the use of lasers, or injecting medication into your eye to hinder the growth of new blood vessels, the staff at Complete Family Eye Care will be there to answer your questions and put your concerns to rest. There are also a number of lifestyle changes which could help prevent and treat AMD. These changes include maintaining a healthy diet with strong nutrition and keeping your blood pressure under control. Learn more about cataract exam & co-management.

 

Read more about macular degeneration symptoms and treatment.

Special thanks to the EyeGlass Guide for informational material that aided in the creation of this website.

x

To Our Valued Patients:

Complete Family Eye Care has always been committed to the health and safety of our patients, our staff, and our community.

Because of the current spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to assure you that it has been our commitment for years to sterilize each piece of equipment either immediately before or immediately after each use to insure no germs are spread from one patient to another. We have always been proud of this commitment, so for us…it remains ‘business as usual’ and please be assured that we’ve got your back!

While cleanliness has always been a top priority of our practice, we are also increasing our frequency in which ‘high touch’ areas will be cleaned and sterilized, such as our reception chairs and tables as well as our restrooms and children’s play area and toys. You’ll notice that we have also removed magazines from our reception area to help ensure a sterile environment. Additionally, we are also sterilizing each eyeglass frame after our patients try them on. We continue to practice good hygiene by demanding our doctors and staff to wash their hands frequently with anti-bacterial soap or to use a high-percentage alcohol hand sanitizer.

One of the ways Coronavirus is transmitted is by touching the eyes. We highly recommend you take extra precautions of washing your hands before handling contact lenses. We also recommend you frequently sterilize or replace your contact lens case. As usual, always use approved contact lens solutions and follow the directions for proper use. We also recommend you consider wearing glasses more often, rather than contacts, to reduce the amount of eye contact.

We are actively monitoring both local and national information about the Coronavirus and are continuing to do everything we can to keep our practice a clean and safe environment for you and your family. Complete Family Eye Care will continue to closely monitor COVID-19 and will follow the guidelines provided by local and national organizations like the CDC and WHO, and can assure you that our practice remains a safe place to continue your uninterrupted eye health care.

We felt it important to keep you updated, and If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to give us a call.

Thank you for being such a valued patient,

Dr. Cody Jones and the Staff at Complete Family Eye Care