Macular degeneration When to see an ophthalmologist
Since the age-related macular degeneration does not cause any pain in the patient, it is very important to pay attention to possible symptoms, to know about risk groups and make an appointment with the ophthalmologist when reaching the age of 55. The eye disease has different forms and often develops slowly and largely unnoticed by the patient.
First signs of age-related macular degeneration
- reading problems– Patients often notice changes in reading. When fixing individual letters or words, they are blurred. Parts of images can be perceived as distorted or warped. In this case, the ophthalmologist speaks of metamorphopsia – which stands for an optically distorted perception.
- Shadows in the field of vision– If a shadow is noticeable in the field of vision, it is high time to see an ophthalmologist. The shadow will expand in the center over time. Affected people often speak of a “blind spot” in the central field of vision.
Reasons to see the ophthamologist:
- If you experience impaired vision
- Reading problems
- Blurred or distorted field of vision
- “Blind spot” in the central field of vision
- If in the Amsler grid test the grid appears distorted, blurred or out of focus.
- From the age of 55, we recommend that patients have their eyesight checked at regular intervals by an ophthalmologist
- Risk groups such as heavy smokers, patients with high blood pressure or hereditary risk patients.
With age-related macular degeneration, the central visual acuity will decrease more and more until the patient perceives an empty area in the central vision.
Seek ophthalmological help and minimize disease progression
If one of the above reasons for visiting the ophthalmologist applies to you, do not hesitate to make an appointment at short notice.
With age-related macular degeneration , it is very important to identify signs of the eye disease as early as possible and alleviate symptoms. Therapy can act on the progression of the retinal disease and delay it.
In any case: When 55, have your first check-up made
We recommend that you make an appointment with an ophthalmologist as a precaution when you turn 55. At this age, it is advisable to be informed, clarify possible risk factors and to have a fundamentally checked retinal health.