People over the age of 65 have a 30 percent chance of developing age-related macular degeneration. It is the leading cause of blindness for seniors over 65 years old.
A retinal examination, as a part of a complete eye exam provides a method for early detection of the symptoms of macular degeneration. Early detection can lead to early treatment.
Dr. Horwitz takes, and stores, digital photographs of her patients' retinas, so that if abnormalities are found, they can be tracked over time.
Research over the last 30 years demonstrates that a changes in color vision, or abnormalities in color vision, are often the first indication of the need for additional care. Dr. Horwitz uses the Rabin Cone Test - which detects subtle changes in the cone cells in your eyes. In the early part of an eye disease, when the cone cells become sick and die, you may not notice any change, but the Rabin Cone Test provides Dr. Horwitz with an object measurement of changes taking place.
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