Massachusetts Eye Care Practice Highlights Macular Degeneration AMD D'Ambrosio Eye Care announces that February marks the 2012 National Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness Month. Lancaster, Massachusetts (I- Newswire) February 01, 2012 - "In the past, we were pretty much only able to give patients with Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) bad news about their vision and prognosis," said Francis A. D'Ambrosio, Jr., M.D., Medical Director of D'Ambrosio Eye Care. "Today, for most patients, with early detection, diagnosis and treatment, at a minimum we can prevent further vision loss from the disease and in many cases we can actually help recover lost vision." Here is what patients should know about AMD. AMD causes central vision to blur, but leaves peripheral vision intact. It is progressive and painless. There are two types of AMD, a "Dry" form and a "Wet" form. It is estimated that 85-90% of people with AMD have the Dry form which results in a gradual vision loss. Fortunately, only 10 percent of people with AMD have the Wet form which progresses much quicker and can cause catastrophic vision loss. Wet AMD is characterized by the growth of abnormal retinal blood vessels that leak blood or fluid. Leaking or bleeding vessels leads to swelling and bleeding in the Macula, causing visual distortions or decreased vision. Over time, this can lead to scarring in the Macula and create damage that may result in the loss of central vision. Patients can often reduce their risk of developing AMD by not smoking as well as working to eat a heart- healthy diet rich in fish, fruit and green leafy vegetables, avoiding foods with trans fats, exercising and controlling blood pressure and weight. "Once you are over 50, it becomes increasingly important to have a thorough, comprehensive dilated eye exam every one to two years- and even more often if you have any family history of AMD or at the recommendation of your eye doctor. The key to preventing vision loss from AMD is clearly early detection, quick diagnosis and then immediate access to treatment with anti- VEGF injections such as Lucentis®," summarized Dr. D'Ambrosio Jr. D'Ambrosio Eye Care is a leading eye care practice serving the greater Boston and central Massachusetts area including Acton, Athol, Berlin, Bolton, Boylston, Boxborough, Chelmsford, Clinton, Concord, Fitchburg, Gardner, Greenfield, Groton, Harvard, Hudson, Lancaster, Leominster, Lexington, Littleton, Lowell, Lunenburg, Marlborough, Milford, Shelburne Falls, Shirley, Sterling, Stow, Sudbury, Templeton, Westminster, Westborough, Winchendon and Worcester, Massachusetts. Staffed by a team of Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Opticians, technical and administrative staff who provide eye examinations for adults and children, cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease including cornea transplants, care for diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma as well as contact lenses, eyeglasses, eyewear and optical services. To learn more about D'Ambrosio Eye Care you may visit http:// www.dambrosioeyecare.com or http:// www.facebook.com/ dambrosioeyecare For additional information contact: Judith Seppa, D'Ambrosio Eye Care, 479 Old Union Turnpike, Lancaster, Massachusetts 01523, Judith.Seppa@dambrosioeyecare.com, 1-800-325-3937 x 345. SOURCE: Medical Management Services Group, L.L.C.
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About D'Ambrosio Eye Care: D'Ambrosio Eye Care pleased to offer total eye care services including eye examinations, cataract surgery & lens implant Surgery including ReZoom® Lens Implants, ReSTOR® Lens Implants and Crystalens® Lens Implants to correct near vision and presbyopia and eliminate bifocals, pediatric eye problems including strabismus eye muscle disorders with crossed eyes and amblyopia with a lazy eye, diagnosis and laser treatment of diabetic retinopathy, diagnosis and laser treatment of glaucoma, diagnosis and treatment of dry eyes, all types of laser eye surgery such as LASIK to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism as well as dispensing of eyeglasses and contact lenses. D'Ambrosio Eye Care offers these eye care services in three convenient locations in Lancaster, Massachusetts, Acton, Massachusetts and Gardner, Massachusetts. Company Contact Information: D'Ambrosio Eye Care Jude Seppa 479 Old Union Turnpike 05123 Phone: 1-800-325-3937 Published in: Medical Tags: macular degeneration massachusetts macular degeneration doctor massachusett macular degeneration treatment boston Published on: February 01, 2012 Original Source: Massachusetts Eye Care Practice Highlights Macular Degeneration AMD