And the Oscar Goes to…

Posted by: West Georgia Eye Care Center in Frontpage Article on February 27, 2015

Actor Judi Dench has been awarded an Oscar, a Tony, 6 Olivier Awards, 2 Golden Globes, 2 Screen Actors Guild Awards and 10 critics awards (to mention only a few!). More recently, she has won kudos for speaking out about her age-related macular degeneration (AMD). A stellar leading lady, Dench also plays a starring role in public service as she advocates for greater awareness of AMD.


What is AMD?

Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in adults 50 years and older. The affected area, the macula, is a tiny spot of the retina responsible for color and central vision. Your macula is at work every time you distinguish between color shades, read small print, or thread a needle. With time, retinal tissue often thins and breaks down, causing loss of function of the macula. As the macula deteriorates, you may begin to notice dark spots or black holes in your central vision. For instance, you may be able to see the outside rim of a wall clock, but the face appears darkened or melted.

How do I know if I have AMD?

A comprehensive eye exam is the only way to properly diagnose AMD. During your exam your ophthalmologist will look for indications of any eye health issues, including AMD. If you need specialized care, Dr. Nicholas Mayfield (WGECC’s own board-certified, fellowship-trained retinal specialist) is here for you. His credentials make him an expert in the treatment and management of AMD. Dr. Mayfield wants to protect your vision and let you continue to be dazzled by Oscar-worthy performances!