Age-Related Macular Degeneration (cont.)
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What Increases Your Risk
The main things that put you at risk (risk factors) for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) include:
Other risk factors for developing AMD may include:1
When To Call a Doctor
Call your doctor immediately if:
Your doctor will refer you to an eye doctor (ophthalmologist) if needed.
Call your doctor to discuss whether you need an eye exam if:
Watchful waiting means to take a wait-and-see approach.
Watchful waiting is not appropriate if you have rapid vision loss or sudden changes in your vision. If you have any rapid vision changes, see your doctor as soon as possible. Immediate treatment may be able to slow vision loss caused by wet AMD. Delaying treatment for wet AMD could mean further loss of central vision.
If you have mild, slow vision loss, such as that caused by dry age-related macular degeneration (dry AMD), watchful waiting is appropriate. There is no treatment for dry AMD. And you may never develop vision loss to the point that it disrupts your regular lifestyle.
Who to see
An ophthalmologist who specializes in problems with the retina and macula can diagnose which type of AMD you have. Also, laser surgery and medicine injections for wet AMD are done by an ophthalmologist.
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
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