The Silent Assassin of Vision
What is Geographic Atrophy?
Geographic atrophy (GA) is a dry and advanced form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). It is characterized by the degeneration of cells in the macula, the central part of the retina responsible for sharp, detailed vision. Unlike wet AMD, GA does not involve abnormal blood vessel growth, but it still poses a significant risk to vision health.
Signs and Symptoms
Recognizing the signs and symptoms of GA is crucial for prompt intervention. Some common indicators include:
Blurred or distorted central vision: GA often causes a gradual loss of clarity in the central field of vision, making it difficult to read, drive, or recognize faces.
Decreased visual acuity: A decline in overall visual sharpness is a typical symptom of GA.
Dark or empty spots in central vision: Patients may experience gaps or missing areas in their central visual field.
Early Detection and Diagnosis
When it comes to GA, early detection and diagnosis play a pivotal role in preserving vision. Regular eye exams are essential for timely identification of GA. During these comprehensive examinations, our skilled professionals will assess your macular health, evaluate any vision changes, and conduct specialized tests to detect GA and determine its severity.
Experience You Can Trust
At Advanced Eyecare, we understand the importance of proactive eye care and the significance of early intervention in managing GA effectively. Dr. Kaur and Dr. Boyle, possess extensive experience in diagnosing and managing GA, ensuring you receive top-notch care and guidance.
We utilize advanced diagnostic tools and technology to accurately assess your macular health and identify GA at its earliest stages.
Tailored Treatment Plans
Should GA be detected, our optometrists will develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs, focusing on slowing down the progression of GA and preserving your vision for as long as possible.
Geographic atrophy (GA) may pose a threat to your vision, but by understanding its nature, recognizing its signs and symptoms, and prioritizing early detection and diagnosis, you can take proactive steps towards effectively managing GA. Your eyesight deserves the best care, and we are here to guide you every step of the way.