In its early stages, age-related macular degeneration is usually hard to
detect. For most people, the first sign of macular degeneration is noticing
distortion when looking at straight lines, which can gradually lead to
loss of central vision. In addition, blurry areas or white out may begin
to appear in the center of someone’s vision.
Generally, people over the age 45 should schedule a complete eye exam and
follow-up exam every two to four years. During this exam, the ophthalmologist
can screen for early signs of macular degeneration. People who have already
been diagnosed with macular degeneration should monitor their vision each
day, notifying their ophthalmologist when different symptoms appear or
worsen. For example, when someone’s central vision becomes distorted
or his or her color perception changes, he or she should contact an ophthalmologist.
Call (646) 502-4142 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mark Hornfeld.
A 1988 graduate of the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Hornfeld
specializes in glaucoma treatment and
cataract surgery in New York City.