Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a disease that, as the name suggests, is more prevalent in older individuals. In fact, AMD is the leading cause of severe vision loss for people over the age of 50. The median age of folks from Malibu is 52.2, meaning that more than 50% of Malibu’s population is at a higher level of risk for AMD. If you’re over the age of 50, there is a relatively simple way to see if you might have early stages of AMD. Look at the grid below.
The picture above is called an Amsler grid. Cover one eye and look at the center dot. If the lines do not appear straight, or if you see any distortion in the grid itself, you may have early symptoms of AMD. Do the same thing for the other eye, as AMD symptoms are not always symmetric. If you have any of these symptoms, please contact California Retina Consultants today to prevent vision loss.