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Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) is a troubling eye disease usually found in people over age 60. In most cases, it affects both eyes and progresses very slowly. The main symptom is loss of central vision. Activities requiring detailed central vision – reading, driving and watching TV – are most affected. ARMD does not lead to complete blindness because peripheral vision is unaffected. Ninety percent (90%) of cases are “dry” macular degeneration in which atrophy or deposits called drusen develop in the macula. This form progresses slowly and patients have a lesser chance of suffering from severe vision loss. Fewer than 10% of these patients suffer from the “wet” form, which is caused by abnormal growth of blood vessels under the macula. Substantial central vision loss can occur very quickly. Dr. Diamante is an expert in the treatment and management or macular degeneration. The key to successful treatment is early detection and regular follow-up examinations.

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Advanced technology for detecting & monitoring ARMD

Dr. Diamante uses several technologies that are important for detecting even the most subtle changes in this disease process. They include:

ForSee Preferential Hyperactivity Perimeter testing – A new way to monitor macula function by testing its field of vision.

Heidelberg Spectralis Optical Coherence Technology – This technology allows for a microscopically detailed study of sub-macula anatomy, easily identifying new, abnormal blood vessels. When new blood vessels form, prompt treatment can prevent vision loss.

Fluorescein angiography – This eye test uses an intravenous dye that can capture incredible detail of the retinal and choroidal vasculature. Abnormal macular vessels can be easily outlined.

Digital retinal photography – Assists to provide better documentation of disease progression and response to treatment.

OPTOS technology – Unlike conventional exam techniques that allowed ophthalmologists to view 15% of the retina at a time, this ultra wide-field imaging technology allows for a nearly complete view of the entire retina – for early detection of macular degeneration and other coinciding retinal problems.

Dr. Diamante is an expert in the treatment and management of macular degeneration, essential to preventing or slowing central vision loss. The key to successful treatment is early detection and regular follow-up examination. Dr. Diamante also uses the most advanced technology available to monitor the progression of macular degeneration. To learn how a world-class team can give you the best treatment for macular degeneration, use our online appointment form or call the most trusted name in eyecare – Giulio Diamante, MD & Associates – at 401.521.3606.