Visit Our Expert Optometrists at Our Fullerton Office
Age-related macular degeneration – aka, AMD – is a serious, vision-threatening eye disease that affects millions of Americans. It is progressive and seemingly unavoidable, making an AMD diagnosis an uncomfortable and uncertain experience. We’re here to help guide you through the next steps.
With Early Detection & Proper Management, We Are 95% More Likely to Preserve Your Vision
When assessing most eye diseases, a common influence towards a positive outcome is the early detection of the disease. Diseases like AMD, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy (for those who live with diabetes) can creep up completely unexpectedly. Due to how we perceive vision, we often don’t notice the subtle changes that an eye disease makes until our vision has already been affected.
At Allred Family Eye Care, our focus is to closely monitor the health of your eye (via regularly scheduledcomprehensive eye exams) to ensure that we are proactive in detecting and treating AMD.
Not all eye exams are equal, and we’re proud to be leading the industry with ours. Our eye exams for senior citizens go into the level of depth needed to accurately detect signs of macular degeneration.
We utilize advanced equipment, such as the Optomap retinal camera and the Spectralis OCT to image and view your eye. The use of these technologies (and others) allows us to enjoy a never before possible perspective on your eye health.
We have considerable experience working with patients with AMD. We can help introduce dietary and lifestyle changes that will have a dampening effect on AMD’s development. We will closely monitor your eye health and ensure that all beneficial treatments are explored.
Our main goal is to preserve your quality of vision for as long as we can.
There are two forms of AMD: “dry AMD” and “wet AMD”.
Dry AMD – aka, atrophic AMD – is caused by aging and general degradation of your macula. Opaque yellowish white spots, called drusen, form under the retina and impede vision.
Wet AMD – aka, exudative AMD – is a significantly less common version of AMD, effecting roughly 10% of AMD patients having this version. Wet AMD is characterized by sub-retinal blood vessel growth, called choroidal neovascularization (CNV). These new blood vessels leak fluids and blood into the eye, damaging and distorting central vision.
There is no overt cure for AMD, though it’s development can be influenced by specific management techniques and dietary changes.
Ongoing clinical trials have shown evidence that a diet rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, such as lutein, zeaxanthin, and omega 3 can have an inhibiting effect on AMD. From a preventative perspective, we recommend these dietary changes as a means to delay AMD’s onset.
Anti-angiogenesis medications work to block the growth of abnormal blood vessels and is considered to be quite effective in treating wet AMD. Wet AMD can also be treated via laser therapy, where a tiny (but precise) laser is used to seal the abnormal blood vessels closed.
Location & Hours
You can find us directly beside the Fullerton post office located in the Post Office Village strip-mall. There is plenty of on-site parking.
Allred Family Eye Care Optometry
1342 E Chapman Ave,
Fullerton, CA 92831