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Posted on 02-22-2017

Show Your Eyes Some Love During AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month with Lone Star Vision in Plano and Celina, TX

Our optometrists at Lone Star Vision want to encourage you to show your eyes some love during AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month. While visual distortions may come from cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma, Age-Related Macular Degeneration, or AMD. is by far the most common cause of low vision. It dramatically alters the lives of millions of adults over the age of 50 in the United States.

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What is Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) occurs when the macula in your retina breaks down or deteriorates. The macula is a light-sensitive tissue which lines the back of your eye. It is responsible for central vision, and allows you to see details more clearly. When it becomes damaged, images are not received clearly. You may find that you are having difficulty reading, driving a car, or seeing straight lines, or need to turn your head to look at certain objects using your peripheral vision.

In early stages, macular degeneration may not noticeably affect your vision. As it progresses, however, you may notice increased blurriness or wavy lines, and have difficulty distinguishing colors or seeing objects in the middle of your field of vision. Since these changes occur over time, it is essential that you receive an annual comprehensive eye exam, especially if you are 45 or older. Our Celina and Plano eye doctors at Lone Star Vision use state-of-the art tools to diagnose macular degeneration early enough to slow or stop its progression. They may check your eye pressure, examine your retina, or ask you to look at an Amsler grid every day. This may lead to more advanced tests, such as Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) or Fluorescein Angiography. If AMD or low vision is diagnosed, our doctors of optometry may recommend lifestyle changes, laser therapy, possible surgery, or we may prescribe certain medications to help preserve optimal vision for you.

Take Action About Low Vision with Our Celina and Plano Optometrists

The optometrists at Lone Star Vision in Plano and Celina, TX - Dr. Todd Brantley, Dr. Olivia Carleo, Dr. Brad Hanstad, Dr. Paola Diaz and Dr. Benjamin Lundeen - are deeply committed to helping patients combat the effects of low vision. Dr. Brantley received training at the Low Vision Rehabilitation Service at Baylor College of Medicine, and Dr. Carleo completed a low vision rotation under several of the most recognized experts in the field.

Lone Star Vision has provided professional eye care and optical services to Texas patients from Plano, Celina, Prosper, and Frisco since 1997. Call the Plano office, located at 5425 W Spring Creek Parkway, Suite 145, at 972-378-4104. Call the Celina office, located at 1060 S. Preston Road, Suite 100, at 972-382-2020. Contact us today to set an appointment for an eye wellness exam, or to learn more about Low Vision Awareness Month.

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