Many Americans & Canadians suffer from age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which frequently progresses unnoticed. Macular Degeneration Testing through a cheek swab from our optometrist can aid in early detection and begin a plan if you are at risk. The test aims to assess a patient’s lifetime risk of developing (or progressing) to advanced AMD because 70% of AMD is caused by genetics. In order to prevent this crippling eye illness, we advise anyone with a family history or over the age of 55 to get tested. Early detection and treatment can assist in preventing additional damage and vision loss even though there is currently no cure for this disorder and the damage is irreversible. Our entire team at Calgary Eye Specialist Clinic is committed to offering you efficient and caring care that will enable you to safeguard your vision for many years to come!

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What is AMD

Macular Degeneration is a progressive and degenerative disease affecting the central part of the retina, the macula. It is the leading cause of irreversible vision loss in the United States. Its prevalence is increasing with the growth of our aging population. In the U.S., over 11 million people suffer from AMD (1.75 million individuals have advanced forms of AMD). One question consistently asked is if Macular Degeneration is hereditary? 70% of the cause of AMD is due to genetics.

Reduce Your Chances of AMD By Following These Steps

The best defense against vision loss and eye disease is frequently preventative eye care and getting tested for AMD. There are a lot of good habits you may form while you’re younger that will keep your vision healthy as you get older. The Calgary Eye Specialist Clinic staff advises the following in addition to routine eye exams and medical care:

  1. Stop smoking.
  2. Keep up your busy way of life
  3. Enjoy eating a balanced, diverse diet that is high in whole, fresh foods, particularly fruits and vegetables.
  4. When spending time outside, always wear sunglasses with UV protection. 
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 The Calgary Eye Specialist Clinic are able to detect this risk of AMD and level of progression as it is developing, even in cases where you are not yet experiencing any symptoms through its genetic testing (cheek swab). If you are having difficulty seeing or have blurred vision or eye pain, call us immediately to schedule a consultation. If you are 55 or older and/or have family history, it’s time to get tested. Macular Degeneration is is most effectively managed when it’s caught early. Once identified, there are activities we can put in place to begin to start the delay. It is our goal and commitment to our patients to provide them with the eye care that can help them to enjoy clear vision for as long as possible.

If you have been diagnosed with AMD, we are here to provide the care and treatment that you need to forestall further loss of vision. We can work with you to formulate a wellness plan that is centered around a comprehensive course of treatment including nutraceuticals that can strengthen your eye health. Making healthy choices today can help you to avoid or delay the onset of many eye conditions that can lead to loss of vision.

Do You Need Treatment or Testing for Macular Degeneration? Call Calgary Eye Specialist Clinic Today for an Appointment

Macular Degeneration is most effectively treated when it is detected in its earliest stages. Call us today at 403-474-2500 to schedule an AMD Testing with our team. We are conveniently located at 4154, 901 64th Ave NE, Calgary, Alberta within Deerfoot City Mall!

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