Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

AMD is a disease caused by aging, which affects the macula – an important part of the eye for seeing fine detail.

It is said that other causes of AMD include aging of the eye due to active oxygen, smoking, exposure to UV rays, stress, and a poor diet. That is why the best prevention is to proactively adopt a healthy lifestyle.

AMD is divided into two types: exudative AMD (also called neovascular, or wet AMD) where the formation of new blood vessels cause hemorrhage and substances contained in the blood leak out, and atrophic (or dry) AMD.

Symptoms include vision distortion and a darkening and/or blurring of the vision in the center. When only one eye is affected, the other eye compensates for the affected eye’s poor vision, which cam make AMD difficult to notice. If you experience anything unusual with your eyesight, consult an ophthalmologist.

It’s very important to receive examination and treatment by an ophthalmologist, notably the examination of the swelling and/or hemorrhage of the retina and the evaluation of treatment results through the performing of optical coherence tomography (OCT) tests.

(Our clinic collaborates with the Hayashi Eye Hospital and other medical facilities for treatments.)

 

  • Macula

    Macula

  • Photography of the eyeground of a patient with exudative AMD

    Photography of the eyeground of a patient with exudative AMD

  • Optical coherence tomography (OCT) three-dimensional eye imaging device

    Optical coherence tomography (OCT) three-dimensional eye imaging device

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