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it sound like you have dry AMD.
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I am concerned that you have been told that you also have "some pressure building up in your eyes" and your optometrist just wants to recheck things in 6 months.
I believe that macular degeneration and glaucoma should be evaluated and treated by an ophthalmologist. I would recommend that you make an appointment to see an ophthalmologist in the near future for a complete dilated exam, optic nerve evaluation and indepth macular evaluation.
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you can obtain an amsler grid online at:
It is VERY important that you check you central vision with this daily. Follow the instructions online. I'm not sure if the AREDS study is available in layman's terms online but that's OK as most ophthalmologists have handouts available that explain it very well. You could also go to the American Academy of Ophthalmology's web site, http://www.aao.org/, and find information on dry ARMD and many other eye care topics.
No. I do not believe sunlight exposure/UV light is important in ARMD. There has been no scientific study to link the two together. In any event, the natural lens in you eye absorbs almost all the UVA/UVB before it ever gets to your retina. Enjoy your wonderful picture windows!
I agree that you need to find another person to help you with your eye care, but I disagree that such a person should be an optometrist. You really need to see an Ophthalmologist. In my opinion you need someone who has more formal training to care for your eyes..... "high borderline eye pressure", whatever she means by that, is not something you just recheck in 6 months.
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