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February is Age Related Macular Degeneration Month!

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February is Age Related Macular Degeneration Month

To help spread awareness about this eye disease, Dr. Ngong-Tawe urges you to visit her ARMD page to familiarize yourself with symptoms and treatment for ARMD. If you are over 50, it is especially important to schedule annual eye exams that can detect ARMD and other eye problems common to older people. By detecting ARMD in its early stages, treatment to delay progression can begin as soon as possible. 

Facts About Age Related Macular Degeneration

ARMD affects the macula, a part of your retina responsible for clarifying color vision and providing high-resolution details to your central vision field.  A primary sign of ARMD involves the gradual inability to view objects clearly. As ARMD progresses, you may notice straight lines appearing crooked or wavy, diminishing color vision and a shadowy or empty area interfering with your center of vision. ARMD is painless and does not cause eye irritation. The only way your optometrist in Somerset NJ can detect age related macular degeneration is by performing a retinoscopy and other vision/eye health tests to determine if the macula is deteriorating.

Treatments for ARMD

Vision loss due to ARMD cannot be restored. However, optometrists researching ARMD think there is strong link between what you eat and delaying progression of age related macular degeneration. Nutrients known to support eye health, specifically zinc, vitamins E and C, zeaxanthin and lutein, may help inhibit advancement of ARMD by providing antioxidants that support macular tissue health. Even if you don't have ARMD, taking eye health supplements may reduce your risk of developing ARMD and other chronic eye disorders.

For people who have lost vision to ARMD, your Somerset NJ optometrist recommends a variety of assistive technologies for ARMD, such as telescopic devices that are easily attached to the top rims of eye glasses, high-powered eyeglass lenses and software programs to convert text into speech.

Learn More About ARMD from Your Somerset Optometrist

To learn more about age related macular degeneration or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ngong-Tawe, please call Franklin Family Eyecare today at (732) 412-7328.


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