Will getting stronger glasses help AMD?
No, it won’t help AMD – but for those who have reduced vision that is not severe, the right level of magnification (and good lighting) may help with near vision.
Glasses work by helping the eye to focus light on to the retina. It is important to use the correct strength glasses to maximise vision, but stronger glasses won’t help macular degeneration.
Are dry eyes the same as dry AMD?
No, these are very different conditions.
Dry eye is the result of a problem with your tears that lubricate the cornea and conjunctiva, the outer structures of the eye.
Dry AMD occurs much deeper inside the eye at the macula and causes the gradual loss of your central vision.
What is wide field retinal photography?
This is a type of digital eye imaging technology where the diagnostic equipment takes images of your retina.
The images give your optometrist a detailed view of your retina, allowing for the earlier diagnosis of eye disease.
What should I expect during a retinal exam?
The exam takes about 10 minutes, is non-invasive and painless.
You simply place your chin onto a rest area and keep your eye open as you look at a blinking dot while the Optos machine scans your eye.
You should treat any sudden changes to your vision as a medical emergency. See an optometrist or ophthalmologist immediately.