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When should you seek medical care for macular degeneration?

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For age-related macular degeneration, you should see an ophthalmologist. They specialize in eye care and surgery. In general, if you're older than 45 you should get a complete eye exam and then follow-up exams every two to four years. If you have age-related macular degeneration, check your vision every day and let your doctor know if you notice any changes. Keep in mind that vision problems could also be signs of another condition besides macular degeneration. Work with your doctor to get the right treatment for you.

SOURCES: 

National Eye Institute. 

American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on January 17, 2018

SOURCES: 

National Eye Institute. 

American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on January 17, 2018

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