Northern Eye Centre – Your Macular Degeneration Specialist
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a serious condition which may lead to problems such as blurry vision and defective depth perception and if left untreated can eventually result in the loss of your central vision. AMD typically affects people over 50 years of age and early warning signs can be hard to spot until damage has already begun. If damage has already occurred, then you may need to see a macular degeneration specialist in order to determine what treatment options are available to you.
The two main types of AMD are categorised as dry and wet. Dry AMD is the thinning and atrophy of the cells at the centre of the retina (called the macula). This is the most common type of AMD and usually causes a slow gradual decline of vision over months and years. Early warning signs are typically blurred vision when reading and having difficulty adjusting to light in dark areas.
Wet AMD is less common but vision loss from this form of macular degeneration may be faster and more noticeable than that from dry AMD. It is caused by the development of abnormal blood vessels which grow under the macula. This leads to leakage and bleeding in the retina.Symptoms can include distortion of straight lines, difficulty reading and difficulty with central vision including seeing faces. If you start noticing any of these symptoms, or are 50 years and over, it is highly recommended that you see an eye specialist to fully assess the situation and to see what options for treatment are available.
Dr Saf Bassili, an eye specialist (ophthalmologist) at Northern Eye Centre, has had a long and established career treating a vast range of eye diseases including age-related macular degeneration. Achieving honours with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Dr Bassili has trained, as well as initiated clinical trials, in the UK, USA and Australia. His impressive career includes working at the Southampton Eye Hospital in the UK, the Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital in Australia and the Louisiana State University in America.
Your eyesight is too important to risk, so please see a macular degeneration specialist or an eye specialist if you are experiencing any of the mentioned symptoms or are in the age bracket of 50 years and over. Speak to the professionals at Northern Eye Centre or visit their website for more information.