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Grande Prairie, AB
(780) 513-2020

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(AMD) Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is also often referred to as simply macular degeneration (these two terms are used interchangeably). It is exactly as its name suggests: a gradual degradation of the macula. It is a serious, vision-threatening disease that currently has no cure.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration Causes

The primary cause of AMD is age, though there are other contributing factors as well:

    • UV radiation (most commonly from our sun, tanning beds, and other artificial sources of UV)
    • Smoking – Cigarettes are linked with exacerbating AMD’s development
    • Obesity – Research suggests that obesity not only makes you more likely to develop macular degeneration, but that it can accelerate the pace of AMD’s development
    • Ethnicity – Certain ethnicities are more likely to develop AMD (it is more common in caucasians than other groups)
  • Genetics – Research has shown that macular degeneration is more likely if you have a family history of it

Age-Related Macular Degeneration Symptoms

Like most eye diseases, AMD begins its development silently. It doesn’t demonstrate obvious symptoms; rather, it’s progression is marked by subtle, gradual changes to your vision. This causes many people to not realize that something is wrong until an obvious change to their vision has occurred.  Regular eye exams for senior citizens is an important and vital part of maintaining lifelong eye health.

Recognizing the Signs of Macular Degeneration

If you’re getting on in years, pay attention to things that may indicate the development of AMD:

    • Visual distortions
    • Areas of blurry or hazy vision
    • Difficulty reading at night
    • Significant change in the saturation and vibrance of colours
  • Difficulty discerning details, especially at a distance (faces, signs, etc.)

AMD Treatment & Management

As mentioned prior, there is no cure for AMD at this time. However, early detection (via a comprehensive eye exam) and management can delay and impair its development.
Studies have shown that lifestyle factors, and diet specifically, can influence AMD and prolong the timeline of good visual acuity. As the disease progresses, we work to help you maintain your independence by facilitating your vision as much as possible (through corrective lenses, specialized equipment, and other tools that assist with low vision).
Learn more about how we treat and manage AMD.

What You'll Find at Aurora Eye Care

Sunglasses are about more than just style: they’re about protecting your eyes. A quality pair of sunglasses will be labeled as 100% UV blocking with the UV blocking built right into the lens. Unsure if yours block harmful UV light? Bring them in and we’ll test them for you!

Are Your Sunglasses UV Safe? +

For every pair of glasses purchased we donate towards VisionSpring, which supports the purchase of a pair of glasses for someone in a developing country. We love helping people both at home and abroad look, feel, and see better!

Buy a Pair, Support a Pair +

Using the Zeis iProfilier Plus, we are able to generate more accurate prescriptions for your corrective lenses. The iProfilier takes a topographical map of the front of your eye and allows us to compensate for some of the eye irregularities each of us have. The result is a more customized and accurate prescription.

More Accurate Corrective Lens Prescriptions +

Sunglasses are about more than just style: they’re about protecting your eyes. A quality pair of sunglasses will be labeled as 100% UV blocking with the UV blocking built right into the lens. Unsure if yours block harmful UV light? Bring them in and we’ll test them for you!

For every pair of glasses purchased we donate towards VisionSpring, which supports the purchase of a pair of glasses for someone in a developing country. We love helping people both at home and abroad look, feel, and see better!

Using the Zeis iProfilier Plus, we are able to generate more accurate prescriptions for your corrective lenses. The iProfilier takes a topographical map of the front of your eye and allows us to compensate for some of the eye irregularities each of us have. The result is a more customized and accurate prescription.

Where Aurora Eye Care is Located

Location Information

We are located on the east side of town in the Cobblestone Plaza, beside the TD Canada Trust and Shoppers Drug Mart on 100 Ave and 92 St. There is ample parking available on-site.

Address

9920 92 St
Grande Prairie AB, T8V 5N8

Contact Information

  • Monday: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed
  • Dr. Pamela Giles
  • Dr. Kyla Hunter
  • Dr. Kent Manville
  • Dr. Charlotte Forgie
  • Dr. Natasha Chrenek
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