Diagnosing Macular Degeneration: The Tests that Tell

The following is from AMDblog.org.

Initial tests for AMD typically simple and consist of a visual acuity assessment and a dilated retinal exam. If signs or symptoms of AMD are discovered during these tests, an eye care professional will usually take photos of a patient’s retina for future reference or conduct other diagnostic tests to help determine the state of the retina. Some of the tests that eye care professionals use can include:

Fundus Photography

Fluorescein Angiogram

Optical Coherence Tomography

Macular Pigment Density Testing

Amsler Grid

It’s extremely important to have regular eye examinations, particularly if you’re over 65 years old, or have risk factors associated with macular degeneration such as a family history of AMD, poor diet or history of smoking. Getting appropriately diagnosed and receiving early intervention for AMD can be the difference between stabilizing –or even restoring some eye sight- and losing your central vision. You don’t have to go blind!

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