Age-Related Macular Degeneration in Calgary

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Protecting Your Vision

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the most common eye health issues we face today in Canada. As the name implies, this condition can develop due to aging, making it much more common for seniors. 

AMD cannot be cured or reversed, but early detection and proactive management of AMD can help you safeguard your vision and maintain your independence. 

Through regular eye exams—we can help preserve your long-term vision. Contact us to schedule your appointment today.

Understanding AMD

AMD affects the macula, the central part of the retina responsible for sharp central vision. This allows us to see fine details, read, and recognize faces. The degeneration of the macula is what causes vision changes related to AMD. 

There are 2 main forms of AMD:

  • Dry AMD: This is the most common form. It progresses slowly and causes blurred or distorted central vision.
  • Wet AMD: This is a less frequent but more aggressive form characterized by rapid vision loss due to abnormal blood vessel growth in the macula.

What Causes AMD?

Aging, ethnicity, and biological sex can all play a part, but there is no specific or definitive cause(s) for AMD. However, research has found that those who are more at risk often have other health conditions, which can include:

  • Obesity
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Chronic smoking
  • Poor diet
  • Lack of exercise and physical activity
  • Overexposure to ultraviolet light

What Are the Symptoms of AMD?

While the symptoms of AMD often develop very slowly and gradually over time, they can result in severe vision impairment if not treated effectively and early. Common symptoms include:

  • Dark, blurry, or whited-out areas appearing in the centre of your vision
  • Distortions in vision, like straight lines appearing bent or warped
  • Diminished depth perception, visual contrast, and colour sensitivity
  • Impaired vision in areas with low light levels

How Our Team Combats AMD

Comprehensive eye exams performed at regular intervals, as determined by our team, are essential for managing macular degeneration. 

By nature, AMD can be asymptomatic early in its development—this means that the symptoms or effects of this condition may not be obvious to the affected person until the condition has fully culminated and has likely become more difficult to treat.

At Vivid Eye Care, we recommend that all of our senior clients (age 65+) undergo annual eye exams so that AMD and any other eye health conditions can be detected and managed as early as possible.

Diagnosing & Managing AMD

The diagnostic stage is an important step in managing AMD. Using modern technology, we are able to diagnose AMD and all kinds of eye diseases. The equipment and procedures we use are all noninvasive.

Our team will walk you through each diagnostic test so we can get a clear picture of your eyes and vision before recommending the next steps.

With this test, powerful cameras are used to produce highly detailed images of the eyes. These images provide the information necessary to diagnose conditions such as AMD, diabetic retinopathy, and more.

OCT is a noninvasive imaging test that uses light waves to produce cross-sectional pictures of your retina—a key to detecting AMD, glaucoma, and other retinal diseases.

An Amsler grid helps detect AMD by making it possible to note visual distortions that develop in your vision. While not a substitute for a comprehensive eye exam, an Amsler grid can be a valuable tool for monitoring your central vision between eye exams.

Taking Charge of Your Eye Health

AMD doesn’t have to rob you of your vision. By scheduling regular eye exams, prioritizing a healthy lifestyle, and following your personalized treatment plan, you can take control of your eye health and minimize the impact of AMD.

Contact us to schedule your appointment today and get an early jump on AMD detection.

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Cranston Market

Our Cranston Market clinic is part of the Cranston Market Clinic and is just 2 minutes off Deerfoot Trail near Stoney Trail SE. We’re located on Cranston Road SE, located in the same plaza as Sobeys and Scotiabank.

Our Address

  • 356 Cranston Road SE #1020
  • Calgary, AB T3M 0S9

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Meadows Mile

Our Meadows Mile clinic is located on the ground level of the Meadows Miles Professional Building facing Blackfoot Trail. We are just 2 minutes from Deerfoot and Glenmore Trail between Southland and Heritage Drives, up the hill from Ikea near the luxury car dealerships.

Our Address

  • 8500 Blackfoot Trl. SE, Unit 130
  • Calgary, AB T2J 7E1

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