Almost 30% of Singapore’s elderly population are afflicted with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), an eye condition in which the central vision becomes blurry due to a damaged macula. It is one of the most common causes of irreversible vision loss in the country.
However, many of its symptoms often go unnoticed until one’s vision is already very blurry; making routine and timely eye examinations all the more important for prompt diagnosis and treatment.
If you are over the age of 50 or have a family history of AMD, you are considered to be at a higher risk of developing AMD as well, and should visit an ophthalmologist for a detailed screening. The ability to detect early signs of AMD and embark on immediate treatment can go a long way in preserving vision and slowing disease progression.
Here at Lumin Eye Specialists, we offer a series of tests to assess your eye health and measure your risk of developing the condition based on your medical and family history.
If age-related macular degeneration is detected, adopting a healthy and active lifestyle, taking vitamin supplements and quitting smoking are recommended. We provide targeted treatments such as laser therapy and intraocular injections in an evidence based manner based on international guidelines. These treatments are meant to slow down the progression of the condition, as currently there is no known cure.
For advanced stages, you may benefit from occupational therapy so you can better adapt to your level of vision.