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Orlando, Fla. (Feb. 24, 2014) – In recognition of National Age-Related Macular Degeneration & Low Vision Awareness Month in February 2014, Central Florida ophthalmologist Javier Pérez, MD is pleased to shed light on this common eye condition. Age-Related Macular Degeneration or AMD is the leading cause of vision loss among people age 50 and older. The condition causes damage to the macula, a small spot near the center of the retina and the part of the eye needed for sharp, central vision, which allows people to see objects that are straight ahead.
“In some people, AMD advances so slowly that vision loss does not occur for a long time. In others, the disorder progresses faster and may lead to a loss of vision in one or both eyes,” Dr. Pérez said. “The vision loss makes it difficult to recognize faces. Despite the limited vision, AMD does not cause complete blindness. You will be able to see using your peripheral vision.”
As people get older, the risk for AMD increases. Caucasians are much more likely to get AMD than people of African descent. In addition, people with a family history of AMD are at higher risk. Finally, research shows that smoking increases the risk of AMD two-fold. Only a comprehensive dilated eye exam can detect AMD. Dr. Pérez is available to perform exams and can offer information on treatment options. To schedule an appointment, call 407-966-3770.
About Orlando Eye Specialists
Opening in April and May 2014, Orlando Eye Specialists is a state-of-the-art ophthalmology clinic that provides a wide range of ophthalmic services under the direction of Javier Pérez, MD. Located in the heart of East Orange County, Orlando Eye Specialists is committed to promoting and preserving your sight through the use of the latest technology and advanced medical and surgical techniques. Dr. Pérez specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and various other eye conditions. Dr. Pérez attended the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine; completed a Transitional Internship at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD; and served as an Undersea/Diving Medical Officer in the U.S. Navy. He performed his Ophthalmology Residency at the University of Florida as well as a Glaucoma Fellowship at Emory University. Following his military service, Dr. Pérez was honorably discharged from the Navy with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Se habla español. For more information, visit www.orlandoeyespecialists.com or call 407-966-3770.
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Javier Pérez, MD
Glaucoma and Cataract Specialist
100 N. Dean Road, Suite 200B
Orlando, FL 32825