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The eye surgeons at Mattax Neu Prater Eye Center offer diagnostic services and treatments for a number of vision-threatening diseases.
Prevent vision loss!
Early detection and intervention can help to limit vision loss caused by these diseases.
Early detection remains the first line of defense against vision loss associated with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Individuals with a family history of AMD should be examined regularly by an ophthalmologist, and anyone over age 50 experiencing a sudden decrease in vision or visual distortion should schedule an examination with one of our doctors as soon as possible.
Below is a simple screening test you can use at home. It is called an Amsler Grid. Patients can use it to detect early signs of macular degeneration or for monitoring any further deterioration. Holding the grid at arms length, stare at the center dot. Are any of the lines crooked, bent, wavy or missing? If they are, please seek the immediate attention of an eye care professional at Mattax Neu Prater. This test does not replace a professional exam.
With possible Macular Degeneration
It is estimated that more than 3 million Americans have glaucoma, but only about half are actually aware of it. Glaucoma strikes without warning and without symptoms. It is sometimes called the silent thief, because it can develop slowly and often is not diagnosed until permanent vision loss has occurred.
Currently there is no cure for glaucoma, but it can be treated. If detected early enough, glaucoma can often be managed with medication or surgery and further vision loss may be averted. But the best prevention is getting an annual eye exam from your ophthalmologist.
If you are a diabetic, you can reduce your chance of developing diabetic retinopathy by keeping your blood sugar levels under good control. Diabetics should have their eyes examined at least once a year.