Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD): Tests
A condition in which there is a slow breakdown of in the center of the (the light-sensitive layers of at the back of the ). This blocks vision in the center of the eye and can cause problems with activities such as reading and driving. Age-related is most often seen in people who are over the age of 50.
About AMD Tests
The early and intermediate stages of AMD usually start without symptoms. Only a comprehensive can detect AMD. The eye exam may include the following:test. This chart measures how well you see at distances. . Your care professional places drops in your to widen or dilate the . This provides a better view of the back of your . Using a special magnifying , he or she then looks at your and for signs of AMD and other problems. Amsler grid. Your care professional also may ask you to look at an Amsler grid. Changes in your may cause the lines in the grid to disappear or appear wavy, a sign of AMD. angiogram. In this test, which is performed by an , a fluorescent dye is injected into your . Pictures are taken as the dye passes through the in your . This makes it possible to see leaking , which occur in a severe, rapidly progressive type of AMD (see below). In rare cases, complications to the can arise, from to more severe allergic reactions…