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Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

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We're Your Partners in Macular Degeneration Diagnosis & Management. Conveniently Located in Lethbridge & Raymond.

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Whether you’re newly diagnosed, or have been managing AMD for a while, we are ready to assist you in managing and coping with AMD. Request your appointment online.

Using modern diagnostic and ocular imaging technology, including the Optomap and Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT), we are able to take high-resolution images of your retina, macula and other inner-eye structures. Macular degeneration has tell-tale signs that are clearly visible using these technologies.

Other tests inclusive in our comprehensive eye exam will also indicate the presence of macular degeneration. Your visual acuity, including your performance on an Amsler grid test, will also indicate the development of AMD.

While there is no cure for macular degeneration, the speed of its development can be influenced by lifestyle factors and a healthy diet. Cessation of smoking and being more active both have a positive influence on AMD, as does eating a diet rich in antioxidants and zinc.

We will create a specialized management program for you. This program includes regular testing to monitor the disease’s progression.

Age-related macular degeneration has two forms: dry (atrophic) AMD, and wet (exudative) AMD.

Dry AMD accounts for approximately 90% of all AMD cases. It progresses slower than wet AMD, with changes in vision taking place over the course of months and years. Opaque white/yellow deposits, called drusen, appear on the macula and retina, impairing vision and promoting degeneration of the macula.

Wet AMD is responsible for most cases of severe vision loss as a result of AMD despite the fact that it only accounts for approximately 10% of cases. In cases of wet AMD, weak and sickly blood vessels begin to develop in the eye. These blood vessels subsequently die, leaving behind scar tissue that eventually contracts. This contraction has the potential to lift the retina away from its base, causing severe loss of vision.

The most common treatment for Wet AMD is Anti-VEGF Therapy. For this effective treatment, a chemical called anti-VEGF or “anti vascular endothelial growth factor” is injected into the eye. Anti-VEGF is injected into the eye, inhibiting the formation of new blood vessels, reducing retinal leaks.

Experienced Age-Related Macular Degeneration Practitioners: Your Partners in Great Eye Health

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) can be intimidating. The changes it brings to your vision, in addition to learning how to adapt to those changes, can be very frustrating. We’re here to help.

Visit us in downtown Lethbridge for a comprehensive assessment of your eye health and AMD progression.

Since our founding 1986 we have worked with thousands of people with AMD in Lethbridge and surrounding areas. For over 30 years we have provided advice, treatment, rehabilitative therapy, and counsel for people living with macular degeneration.

We are open six days per week, including late on Thursdays, and are conveniently located in the Lethbridge Centre in downtown Lethbridge (the same building as “The Bay”).

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Treating & Managing Dry Eye

Lethbridge’s & Raymond's dry climates can make dry eye run wild, especially in the hot summer months. If your dry eye symptoms are flaring up, visit us for individualized treatment of your symptoms. We’re here to help.

Comprehensive Eye Exams

The Alberta Association of Optometrists (AAO) recommends that healthy adults have eye exams every one to two years (annually for kids and seniors). Eye diseases can creep up unexpectedly, and the best way to manage them is to detect and treat them early. Book your eye exam today.

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