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New Westminister, BC/ (604) 522-4007

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Protect Your Vision. Early Diagnosis of Age-Related Macular Degeneration is Key.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a disease that causes deterioration of the macula – the central area of the retina – which is responsible for detailed central vision. AMD is the leading cause of blindness in adults over the age of 55 in North America.

While there is no cure, early detection and preventative measures can delay or reduce age-related vision loss.

How to Detect and Treat Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Two Types of AMD

  • Dry (atrophic) AMD is milder and more common.
  • Wet (exudative) AMD occurs in just 10% of all cases and is much more serious in terms of vision loss. At any time, the dry form can develop into the wet form.

Symptoms

Degeneration of the macula causes damage resulting in wavy, blurred or distorted central vision. Over time, the damaged area may increase in size and interfere with detailed tasks such as reading.

In the earliest stages of AMD, however, there are no symptoms. That’s why regular eye examinations for adults and seniors are strongly recommended. Even if you don’t notice any symptoms, Dr. Toor will be able to detect warning signs during your exam.

Treatment

There currently is no cure for AMD. However, if caught early, there are some preventative measures that can help delay or reduce your vision loss.

  • Dry AMD can be prevented by wearing sunglasses with special coatings to reduce UV radiation and block harmful blue light.
  • Certain ocular vitamin supplements – including lutein, zeaxanthin, vitamins C, E, and zinc – can help slow down the progression of AMD. Speak to Dr. Toor before taking any supplements.
  • Wet AMD can be treated with intraocular injections performed by ophthalmologists that help stop bleeding within the eye to retain as much vision as possible.

Opal Optometry Uses the Latest Technology to Detect and Treat Eye Diseases

Dr. Charn Toor draws on his experience in combination with the latest technology to take the best possible care of your eyes. For example, our high-tech fundus camera is used to visualize and photograph the fundus – the back interior lining of the eyeball, including the retina, optic disc, and macula.

Fundus photography is one of the most valuable tests Dr. Toor uses because of its ability to proactively detect and monitor serious eye conditions such as age-related macular degeneration.

Protect your eye health by requesting an eye examination today.

Find Our Location

We are located in Uptown New Westminster, BC, at 536A Sixth Street, close to the corner of 6th Avenue. You’ll find us half a block away from Royal City Centre. There is metered street parking directly in front on Sixth Street. New Westminster is conveniently located next to Burnaby, Coquitlam, Richmond, and Surrey, and is a close drive from Vancouver.

Opal Optometry

536A Sixth Street
New Westminster,
BC V3L3B5

Contact Information

Phone +1 (604) 522-4007
Email: [email protected]

Hours

Monday 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
Closed

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