Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a serious condition that can cause irreversible vision loss without effective treatment. Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about AMD that may cause patients to ignore their symptoms or receive the wrong diagnosis.

Today, the eye doctor of EyeSite of The Villages separates fact from fiction:

Myth 1: AMD Is Easily Recognizable

The early signs of age-related macular degeneration are subtle and difficult to spot unless you’re an experienced eye doctor. It begins with a subtle blurring of central vision that slowly worsens with age. The truth is, many patients are not even aware they could have AMD until they have been diagnosed properly through an eye exam.

Myth 2: AMD Causes Blindness

The condition affects the central area of your retina known as the macula. While it can lead to vision loss in that area, patients will often retain vision of their periphery. In fact, many people are still able to function well with daily activities even with severe cases of late-diagnosed AMD.

Myth 3: Consume Carrots for Better Eyesight

You’ll rarely hear an experienced glaucoma or cataract doctor recommend eating carrots to improve your eyesight. While there’s nothing wrong with the vitamins and minerals you get from fruits and vegetables, they have no effect whatsoever on how your vision can be corrected. Vision problems require corrective lenses or surgery to be fully treated.

At EyeSite of The Villages, we can help you with early detection of age-related macular degeneration. Call us today at (352) 674-3937 or use our contact form to request an appointment and schedule a consultation with one of our specialists. We see patients from Fruitland and Lady Lake, FL as well as other surrounding areas.