Up until a couple of decades ago, difficulty seeing in the dark was considered just a normal part of “getting old.” However, after multiple clinical studies, we know difficulty adjusting to changes in illumination (impaired dark adaptation) is the first symptom of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
AMD occurs in the centermost part of the retina, called the macula, which is the part of the eyes you use to do things like read, watch TV, recognize faces and drive. As the disease progresses, the vision often becomes blurred or things you see appear wavy or distorted. A dim or dark spot may develop in the center of your vision, making seeing things straight ahead more difficult.
While decreased night vision is a symptom of AMD and should be evaluated by your eye doctor, the following factors can also put you at risk for developing AMD in the future:
- Age 50 or older
- Family history of AMD
- Caucasian (White)
- Smoker or previous smoker
- Being overweight
- High cholesterol
- Heart disease
AMD is the leading cause of adult blindness but is not often found until a person has already lost significant vision. Fortunately, our office now offers a new technology, called the AdaptDx®, that measures how well your eyes adjust from bright light to darkness. This allows us to diagnose AMD at least 3 years earlier in some patients so we can implement treatment as soon as possible to preserve your vision. The test is simple and painless.
To learn more about age-related macular degeneration you can visit maculogix.com/for-patients/.
If you are having difficulty seeing at night, or have any of the other risk factors, call our office today and we’ll schedule you for a comprehensive eye examination as well as answer any questions that you might have regarding age related macular degeneration.
Contact us to schedule an AdaptDx® test in our Detroit office today!
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43996 Woodward Ave, Ste 101
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
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Detroit, MI 48235
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Westland, MI 48185
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Hospital & Surgery Center Affiliations
Should you require surgery, our board certified ophthalmologists are affiliated with the following hospitals:
- St. John Health System
- Beaumont/Oakwood Health System
- Cataract Specialty Surgery Center – Berkley
- Detroit Medical Center
- LASER Institute of Michigan
- St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
Information For New Patients
Please note that a complete eye examination may take up to two hours. A trained ophthalmic tech will do a preliminary screening and take a complete health history. The examination will be done entirely by one of our board certified ophthalmologists who may recommend additional testing based on his/her findings. When you come to your appointment please remember to bring eye glasses or contact lenses if you wear them, a complete list of your current medications, the name of your physician who may have referred you to us so that we may send a prompt written report to maintain continuity of care, a driver’s license for identification purposes, all current insurance information and a referral form if applicable.
Insurance and Payments
In order to keep our costs down, payment is expected at the time that services are rendered. You will be responsible for co-pays, deductibles, and fees not covered by your insurance. We accept cash, check, VISA, Discover, American Express, and CareCredit. Our billing associates will be glad to assist you. Please note that it is your responsibility to know the terms of your insurance benefits. We are participating providers for most of the current health insurance plans.