Age-Related Macular Degeneration - When To Call a Doctor
Call your doctor immediately if:
- You have a sudden, rapid loss of
- You suddenly notice a new blank or dark spot in the center
of your vision that does not go away.
- Straight lines appear wavy or
curved, or objects begin to change size or shape or appear distorted.
see either of the following on an
Amsler grid :
- Lines that change or appear wavy and curved
- A blank
spot that you have not noticed before in the grid
Your doctor will refer you to an eye doctor
(ophthalmologist) if needed.
Call your doctor to
discuss whether you need an eye exam if:
- You need more light to read than you used
- Colors seem faded or less vivid than they used
- Your vision seems to be getting more blurry.
Watchful waiting means to take a wait-and-see
Watchful waiting is not appropriate if you have rapid
vision loss or sudden changes in your vision. If you have any rapid vision
changes, go to 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 dry age-related macular degeneration (dry AMD),
watchful waiting is appropriate. You may
never develop vision loss to the point that it disrupts your regular
Who to see
AMD can usually be
detected during a routine eye exam by your regular doctor or an eye care
professional (optometrist or
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.