Protect Your Vision from AMD
Upper Richmond Optometry is ready to help you find meaningful solutions for age-related macular degeneration. By using the latest tools and techniques available, our practice has earned the distinction of being an AMD Centre of Excellence from the Macular Degeneration Association.
Start your journey towards eye care solutions you deserve. Please contact our team today.
What is AMD?
Age-related macular degeneration is an eye disease that slowly damages your macula over time, affecting the vision you need to read, drive or even recognize faces. It is one of the leading causes of blindness in adults over 55 and older.
AMD may develop slowly over time. However, the disease will eventually cause permanent damage to your macula, the central part of your retina responsible for providing your central vision.
There are 2 common types of AMD:
Dry AMD occurs when drusen, which are small, yellowish deposits of lipids, develop underneath your macula, slowly thinning it over time. This is the most common form of AMD and can develop over years.
Some symptoms you may experience include:
- Visual distortions, such as straight lines bending
- Difficulty seeing in low light
- Words blurring when you read them
- Fading colours
- Needing more light when reading
Wet AMD occurs in only 10% of macular degeneration patients, but it is responsible for causing 90% of all AMD-related blindness. Wet AMD develops when delicate blood vessels form underneath your macula and retina. However, these vessels can break and leak fluids onto and underneath your macula, causing permanent vision damage.
Wet AMD is considered a medical emergency and can cause a range of sudden symptoms, including:
- Fading colours
- Glare from lights
- Distortion in your vision
- Dark spots in your central vision
Our cutting-edge solutions and incredible technology for our patients have earned us the distinction of being an AMD Centre of Excellence.
Some of the technology we use include:
Ocular Coherence Tomography
Ocular coherence tomography (OCT) takes detailed images of your macula and retina using a process similar to an ultrasound. However, instead of using sound, OCTs use light to generate cross-sectional images of your retina.
AdaptDx Pro is a wearable device that easily analyzes how well your eyes adapt to changing lighting conditions and is suitable to wear in any light thanks to its comfortable eyecups and hygienic comfort guards that block out any outside light.
With the help of our technicians and a unique built-in AI system, we can quickly and accurately detect signs of AMD.
AMD Genetic Testing
To ensure we are accurately diagnosing and providing solutions for all our patients, we also offer a state-of-the-art genetic testing program that can measure your risk of developing AMD.
Genetic testing from Arctic Medical Laboratories is quick and only requires a simple swab from the inside of your cheek. We will then send your sample to a lab for processing and provide you with results within 4 weeks!
Visit Our Office
We’re proud to serve our community of North London and Arva. We are conveniently located on Richmond Street, directly across from the Arva Flour Mill. We are just north of the Richmond Street and Medway Road intersection, on the left-hand side, next to Arva Appliances.