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February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration/Low Vision Awareness Month

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) is a leading cause of vision loss in people 50 and older, and as you age, the risk increases. This disease affects more than 10 million Americans-more than cataracts and glaucoma combined.   Age Related Macular Degeneration occurs when the macula, the central part of the retina that is important for… Read More


January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. At Clay Eye, we are fortunate to have our very own Dr. David Hayes, A Specialty Trained Glaucoma Surgeon on our team. Facts About Glaucoma: Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness More than 2.2 million Americans age 40 and older suffer from glaucoma. Sadly, nearly half do not… Read More


A Total Solar Eclipse is Coming to the United States – Let Us Help You Watch Safely

Mark your calendar … a total solar eclipse is coming to the United States on August 21st for the first time in nearly a century! A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon completely blocks the view of the sun, causing complete darkness for a brief period of time. As we all know, it can… Read More


Sightpath Medical Names New Laser Cataract Medical Director

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – (May 10, 2016) – Sightpath Medical announces the selection of Donald M. Downer, M.D., as MoFe™ Medical Director. In this role, Dr. Downer will advise the company on current and imminent industry trends and best practices as they relate to our technology platforms. The MoFe™ Medical Director also serves as a professional… Read More


Clay Eye Physicians & Surgeons – First in Northeast Florida to Implant Miniature Telescope To Restore Vision Loss!

Fifteen million Americans have Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD), a slow, deterioration and loss of one’s central vision. Dr. Donald Downer of Clay Eye Physicians & Surgeons recently performed the first CentraSight mini telescope implant, a new surgical procedure to help improve central vision in patients with end-stage ARMD. This procedure was conducted at Fleming… Read More


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age-related macular degenerationAge-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) is a leading cause of vision loss in people 50 and older, and as you age, the risk increases. This disease affects more than 10 million Americans-more than cataracts and glaucoma combined.  

Age Related Macular Degeneration occurs when the macula, the central part of the retina that is important for reading and color vision, becomes damaged. Some common symptoms of ARMD are: gradual loss of ability to see objects clearly, distorted vision, a gradual loss of color vision, and a dark areas appearing in the center of vision. 

Board Certified Ophthalmologist and Retina Specialist with Clay Eye Physicians & Surgeons, Russell Pecoraro, M.D. says, “Age Related Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in our senior population. Currently, it is not a curable disease, however it is possible to maximize the use of your existing vision, even if it is impaired. While there is no single approach that works for everyone, there are various treatment options available. Your physician will help you determine which treatment option is best for your type of eye disease, lifestyle and overall health.”

 

What is Low Vision?

Low vision can be caused by several eye diseases, one being Age Related Macular Degeneration.  It is described as “significant visual impairment that cannot be fully corrected with glasses, contact lenses, medication or eye surgery.” Activities like reading, shopping, cooking, writing, and watching TV may be challenging, and patients might benefit from low vision aids to help to maintain their independence.

Low vision aides coupled with special training, called vision rehabilitation, can provide skills for living with low vision. A low vision specialist will help determine the right combination of aids for your needs.

Low vision aids include:

For more information about ARMD and low vision, please contact us at Clay Eye Surgeons & Physicians today!