Our patient's vision is a priority at North Bay Eye Associates. We provide care for residents in and around Healdsburg, Petaluma, Sonoma, and Santa Rosa, CA. One of the eye health conditions we check for during our comprehensive eye exams is age-related macular degeneration. To check for this condition we use a tool known as an Arctic Macular Risk Test.
What Is Age-related Macular Degeneration?
Before you can understand the Arctic Macular Risk Test, you must understand age-related macular degeneration or AMD. The aging process causes the central part of your retinas, known as the macula, to degrade and become damaged over time. This negatively affects your central vision. It becomes more difficult to see fine close-up details such as when you are reading. Furthermore, AMD makes it more difficult to see details when driving, especially at night.
Because age-related macular degeneration is progressive, it becomes worse over time. AMD is the leading cause of vision problems for people over the age of 50. It is possible to limit the damage caused by AMD if it is detected early. Genetics and other risk factors such as smoking can contribute to the likelihood of developing this condition. Those who have an increased risk should be even more aware of AMD.
How We Screen for AMD
At North Bay Eye Associates, we offer a macular risk test made by a company called Arctic. This company is a world leader in age-related macular degeneration testing. During the test in our optometry clinic, we will swab the inside of your cheek and send the swab to a testing lab.
For patients who may be at risk for AMD, we will create a treatment plan designed to preserve their eyesight. This may include implementing certain lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, improving diet, and increasing exercise.
Get Tested for Age-related Macular Degeneration
If you live in or around Healdsburg, Petaluma, Sonoma, or Santa Rosa, call our team at North Bay Eye Associates today to schedule an eye exam with one of our eye doctors. You can also reach us through our website by using our online contact form.