Join us in February for AMD Awareness Month!
Lange Eye Care is proud to support AMD Awareness Month in February, and encourage patients, especially those at higher risk for the disease, to familiarize themselves with AMD risk factors, symptoms, and the need for routine eye examinations to assess risk and prevent blindness.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in adults 65 and older, and currently affects more than 2 million Americans over the age of 50. Most people do not know they have AMD until they start to lose central vision in one eye. Vision loss can happen quickly and without warning, but with current treatments, it may be arrested and in some cases improved. Early detection and treatment of AMD is critical for the prevention of blindness, and frequent monitoring by an eye doctor is recommended for ‘at risk’ patients.
Lange Eye Care is now offering AMD genetic testing through Macula Risk® for patients diagnosed with early or intermediate disease. This simple cheek swab done in our office identifies the genes responsible for AMD, and combines this with important non-genetic risk factors to identify those most likely to progress to advanced AMD with vision loss. Macula Risk is reimbursed by most insurers including Medicare, and there is no charge from your doctor for performing this test.
Dr. Michael Lange founder of Lange Eye Care states it is through our dedication to patients that we are investing in advanced technologies such as genetic testing that can help us better manage patients at risk for vision loss.
We encourage you to call our practice or visit our website to learn more about AMD or to schedule a consultation or eye examination. More information about AMD Awareness Month can also be found on the Prevent Blindness America website at http://www.preventblindness.org/amd.
These genetic tests help the patient to become proactive in their future retinal health. Dr. Michael Lange Optometrist and Nutrition specialist states this is sometimes just what is needed to help the patient to “see the light”. I use these genetic tests to stress the importance of dietary changes and life style changes before it’s too late. Dr. Lange feels that starting a patient on an Organic, Gluten Free , Paleo type of diet combined with Fortifeye Complete Macular Defense supplements can alter the potential course these ARMD patients have. If you have macular degenerations Dr. Lange recommends getting tested and then get on the right vitamin and dietary regiment. If you are in Florida and looking for an eye care center trained in the latest in nutritional intervention as well as the latest in medical and surgical retina care come to Lange Eye Care Ocala 352 237 3768 or The Lange Eye Institute in the Villages 352 753 4014. http://www.langeeyecare.com or http://www.drmichaellange.com or http://www.fortifeye.com