Why it’s important: Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in Australia. There is currently no treatment for the milder (dry) form the disease, nonetheless it is important to monitor closely, as sudden complications may cause blindness, if left untreated.
How often: Your optometrist will perform screening tests for AMD during routine consultations, but they may require you to return more frequently to monitor disease progression. You will be asked to return as soon as possible if you notice any changes to your vision.
What’s involved: your optometrist will assess the macular in the back of your eyes, with the aid of their microscope. They will often perform a series of small tests to assess your central vision. Additionally, your optometrist can adjust your prescription, in order to assist you with your vision as much as possible.
How long will it take: mostly, the tests are performed during routine consultations, which usually take 30 minutes. Your optometrist may ask you to return to perform further tests.