One simple test can prevent this from happening to you!
By: MDA Administration in collaboration with Adam S. Berger, MD
One simple test: It doesn’t hurt, there is no cost to you, and no special equipment is required.
Did you know that there are an estimated 15,000 cases of undiagnosed macular degeneration? That’s true. In its earliest stages, Macular Degeneration can be asymptomatic. This means that there are no symptoms until the disease is already progressed.
But you can detect the earliest signs of a problem with this simple test: Just cover one eye and look at a photo or amsler grid, or read a newspaper, magazine, or book with your reading glasses on. Then check your other eye. This should be done every day, as routine as brushing your teeth. If you notice any change you must get to your eye care professional immediately. If you wait, thinking that it is just part of aging or a cataract, or you feel you just need stronger glasses it could be too late.
Many people don’t notice subtle vision changes in one eye because their other eye may be dominant. In addition, the vision loss is painless, so even when they notice the problem, there is no sense of urgency. This is why macular degeneration is so dangerous: it is a silent VISION DESTROYER: you can miss the signs and symptoms unless you know what to look for.
The good news is that there are revolutionary new treatments which can preserve vision in many cases. But the treatments MUST be given early in the disease process, BEFORE severe vision loss. You can defeat this devastating disease but you must be proactive in your eye health. See your eye care professional annually for checkups, make sure you exercise, and eat lots of fresh vegetables and fruits, quit smoking, and test your eyes EVERY DAY.
If you have a family history of macular degeneration, please ask your doctor about the new genetic test called Macula Risk, which can determine your risk of developing this disease. The Macula Risk genetic test incorporates all the known genetic predictors of AMD progression and is a powerful way of identifying which individuals who present with drusen will progress to neovascularization. Armed with this information, your doctor can design prevention and monitoring program just for you.
Join us for one of our educational programs to learn more about being proactive with your eye health…….
Find out more visit: www.macularhope.org