A Retina Specialist
An ophthalmologist who has additional training in the diagnosis and management of diseases of the retina and vitreous. If you have wet AMD, it is important to see a retina specialist for the most appropriate care.
If you’ve noticed changes in your vision that seem like symptoms of wet AMD, talk to your eye doctor or make an appointment with a retina specialist.
How will my retina specialist detect and monitor my condition?
A doctor will perform one or more of the following tests on your eyesight.
Eye charts such as the Snellen eye chart measure how well each eye can see fine detail (visual acuity). The further down you can see on the eye chart (the smaller letters), the better your vision.
Dilated Eye Exam
In this exam, drops are placed in your eyes. Then, using a special lens, your eye doctor looks at the back of your eye for damage. This test is necessary to diagnose wet AMD.
A tonometry test measures the pressure inside your eye. During this test, first your eye is numbed, and then a small sensor is placed on the surface of your eye.
Fluorescein angiography (FA) is a test for examining blood vessels in the retina, choroid, and iris. A specials dye is injected into a vein in the arm and pictures are taken as the dye passes through blood vessels in the eye.
Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a test that uses light waves to make a picture of your retina, allowing your eye doctor to see any abnormal blood vessel growth.
What are the treatment options?
With early diagnosis and proper treatment, the progression of AMD may be delayed. However, for some people, damage caused by AMD can’t be reversed. Your Retina Specialist will determine the course of treatment that is best for you.
Available treatments include:
These are commonly called intravitreal injections. Your eye will be numbed prior to the injection. Then you may feel some pressure when receiving the injection. These injections target the abnormal growth of blood vessels in the eye that cause wet AMD.
Hot Laser Treatment
A hot laser is beamed into the eye to treat the abnormal blood vessels.
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
A combination of a light-sensitive drug injected into the vein and a cold laser into the eye to “shut off” abnormal blood vessels is called photodynamic therapy (PDT).
Studies have shown that daily supplements such as vitamins A, C, E, beta-carotene, zinc and copper may reduce some risks of developing severe AMD. Talk to your doctor before taking any supplements.
Only your retina specialist knows which treatment is right for you. It is important to remember that AMD is a chronic condition. So be sure to continue to monitor your vision and see your eye doctor as recommended.