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Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Testing
At Corinth Eye Clinic and Weeden Eye Clinic, we offer non-invasive AMD testing to help you manage and detect the condition early.
What is age-related macular degeneration?
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a condition that affects the macula, the area at the back of the eye responsible for central vision. AMD is a common eye disease that becomes more prevalent as you get older. It is the leading cause of irreversible vision loss in people over the age of 65.
AMD can progress slowly and cause mild visual symptoms, such as a slight blurring of vision, which may be mistaken for a normal part of aging. However, AMD is a serious condition that can lead to severe and permanent vision loss if left untreated.
Types of age-related macular degeneration
Dry AMD is the most common form of the condition, and it affects about 80-90% of people with AMD. Dry AMD occurs when the light-sensitive cells in the macula slowly break down and stop working properly, leading to a gradual loss of central vision.
Wet AMD is a more severe form of the condition that affects about 10-20% of people with AMD. Wet AMD occurs when abnormal blood vessels grow under the retina and leak blood and fluid, causing damage to the macula. Wet AMD can cause rapid and severe vision loss if it is not treated promptly.
Age-related macular degeneration testing
Protecting your vision is our top priority at Corinth Eye Clinic and Weeden Eye Clinic. If you are over the age of 50, or if you have a family history of AMD, it is important to have regular eye exams to help detect the condition early and prevent vision loss.To help detect AMD early, we utilize the AdaptDx Pro test.
Heru VR/AR Exam
Our eye doctors may utilize the Heru VR/AR exam wearable device during your eye exam. You’ll be able to sit upright throughout the testing process, while wearing the headset, and a built-in digital guide will lead you through the experience. The purpose of the testing is to measure dark adaptation. Heru provides quick results, in around 5 minutes, to screen for macular degeneration, and then an extended 20-minute version.
- If you are 50 or older and have a family history of AMD or are having difficulty seeing in low light or driving at night, your eye doctor may use Heru during your eye and vision exam.
- If you have already been diagnosed with AMD, the Heru VR/AR exam will help your eye doctor monitor the progression of the disease.
The AdaptDx Pro test is a state-of-the-art screening tool to detect early signs of macular degeneration. This innovative test, developed by MacuLogix®, measures the speed at which your eyes adjust to darkness, known as dark adaptation speed, which may indicate the presence of AMD up to three years earlier than other tests.
The test involves wearing a headset and pressing a button every time you see a flashing light, taking approximately 10 minutes to complete. The results are measured as your Rod Intercept (RI), a single number that provides your doctor with vital information about your vision health. Your doctor will then review the results with you, providing insight into whether you may have AMD.