This February, which is designated Age-Related Macular Degeneration Month, also marks a shift in best practices for treating the vision-robbing disease. A growing number of patients, their families and healthcare providers see great value in choosing two different doctors to focus on different aspects of the disease. In addition to one doctor to treat the medical condition causing loss of vision, another helps manage the effects permanent vision loss has on lives.
According to Richard Shuldiner, OD, founder of The International Academy of Low Vision Specialists, a medical team for a macular degeneration patient ideally includes both a retinologist, (an ophthalmologist with advanced training in retinal diseases) to provide expert medical treatment and monitoring of AMD, as well as a low vision specialist, a licensed doctor of optometry or ophthalmology who has received advanced training in helping manage the visual issues surrounding macular degeneration.
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