Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Treatment Puerto Vallarta
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a problem with your retina. It happens when a part of the retina called the macula is damaged. With AMD you lose your central vision. You cannot see fine details, whether you are looking at something close or far. But your peripheral (side) vision will still be normal. For instance, imagine you are looking at a clock with hands. With AMD, you might see the clock’s numbers but not the hands.
Two types of AMD
This form is quite common. About 80% (8 out of 10) of people who have AMD have the dry form. Dry AMD is when parts of the macula get thinner with age and tiny clumps of protein called drusen grow. You slowly lose central vision. There is no way to treat dry AMD yet.
This form is less common but much more serious. Wet AMD is when new, abnormal blood vessels grow under the retina. These vessels may leak blood or other fluids, causing scarring of the macula. You lose vision faster with wet AMD than with dry AMD.
Many people don’t realize they have AMD until their vision is very blurry. This is why it is important to have regular visits to an ophthalmologist. He or she can look for early signs of AMD before you have any vision problems.
Who Is at Risk for AMD?
You are more likely to develop AMD if you:
eat a diet high in saturated fat (found in foods like meat, butter, and cheese)
.- are overweight
.- smoke cigarettes
.- are over 50 years old
.- have hypertension (high blood pressure)
.- have a family history of AMD
.- Having heart disease is another risk factor for AMD, as is having high .- cholesterol levels. Caucasians (white people) also have an elevated risk of getting AMD.
Schedule an Appointment with an specialist in Age Related Macular Degeneration
Dr. Ulises Zertuche Zapata
Ophthalmologist Specialist in
VITRO & RETINA
Age Related Macular Degeneration
CALL: 322 229 03 10
Vallarta Medical Center – Torre Médica
Av. Los Tules 136 2d Floor. Col. Diaz Ordaz ( In front of Plaza Caracol Shopping Mall)