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Westchester Eyecare Center

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8610 S.Sepulveda Blvd Ste 100
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Phone: (310) 670-1888
Fax: (310) 670-1343

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Thursday9:15am5:15pm
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Age Related Macular Degeneration with Your Westchester Optometrist

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Age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, is an eye disease that becomes progressively more common as people get older. The disease affects the macula, which is the middle portion of the retina that is responsible for central vision. As the disease progresses, people with AMD retain their peripheral vision but lose the ability to see things straight ahead.

Signs of Age Related Macular Degeneration

In the beginning, AMD may have no symptoms. As signs of age related macular degeneration begin to appear, the most common symptom is a blurry area in your central vision. This may progress to blank areas in your central vision, or a larger portion of your central vision being blurry. The progression of the disease varies from person to person, with some people developing symptoms quickly and others much more slowly.

Cause of Age Related Macular Degeneration

The cause of age related macular degeneration is unknown. However, there are certain risk factors that predispose people to AMD:

  • Smoking
  • Caucasian race
  • Family history
  • Poor diet
  • Lack of exercise
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol

It is not known how all of these risk factors affect a person's chances of getting AMD. However, it is a good idea for people with some risk factors to attempt to lower their other risk factors. For example, people with a family history of AMD may want to be especially careful to control any other potential cause of age related macular degeneration.

Diagnosis and Treatment of AMD

AMD is usually diagnosed by an optometrist during an eye exam. This may be a routine eye exam, or it may be an appointment made because you have noticed some form of visual impairment. Early-stage AMD that has no symptoms can sometimes be diagnosed during a dilated eye exam. It is important to know that not all people with early-stage AMD will develop later stages of the disease.

Treatment for AMD depends on the stage the condition is in and how quickly it progresses. There is currently no medical treatment for early AMD. A regular eye exam with an optometrist is crucial for people with this condition because it can track whether the disease is progressing. Adopting healthy life habits may help reduce the risk of progression.

Later stages of AMD can be treated with injections or laser therapy. These treatments have variable success rates, and they are not a cure. However, patients who have developed late-stage AMD typically have severe vision loss and may get some benefit out of these treatments.

Westchester Eye Care Center Provides Comprehensive Vision Care

Here at Westchester Eye Care Center in Los Angeles, we provide comprehensive vision care for patients with many types of eye disease. A routine eye exam can detect signs of age related macular degeneration before it is obvious to you, as well as potentially finding many other conditions at an early and treatable stage. To schedule an appointment with one of our optometrists in Westchester, call (310) 670-1888 today.

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"Dr. T is very thorough with her eye exams. She asks all the right questions with what you need. She takes her time with her patients making sure they get what they need and get to know them. She's very professional but also approachable. You can ask her any eye related issues and she'll have answers for you. If she doesn't have an answer, which doesn't happen often, she'll get the right information for you. She also doesn't try to up sell you with what you don't need. I would recommend her to all my family and friends. In fact I've already done so and they're all very satisfied with the service."

- Michi. B / YELP

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Westchester Eyecare Center
8610 S.Sepulveda Blvd Ste 100
Los Angeles, CA 90045
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Monday9:15am5:15pm
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Wednesday9:15am1:00pm
Thursday9:15am5:15pm
Friday9:15am1:00pm
Saturday9:15am1:00pm
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