Question Dr. Berger,
My mom is 91 years old and in good health. Her eyesight is getting bad. She has AMD and I think possibly cataracts. Her doctor told her there is nothing he can do because she is too old and that she will go blind eventually. My dad wants too take her to another doctor but she doesn't want to go. My dad had laser surgery in his late 80's and it worked out fine. I have never heard of anyone being "too old" and is this true? Thank you for any help you can give me, this is very distressing.
Answer You didn't indicate if your mom has dry or wet AMD. In either case, the treatment
Is different. Besides antioxidant/ vitamin nutritional support, protection from sun, and diet rich in green leafy vegetables, if mom is losing vision and finds it difficult to read or watch TV , she can undergo a low vision work up to see if high
Powered Lenses would be beneficial . Additionally, large print books , magazines, newspapers may help
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I'm not sure what type she has but the low vision exam sounds like a great idea. Thank you vey much Dr. Berger!
Any and all questions with regard to ocular ailments, eye diseases as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, etc , eye and visual sympomatology, eyeglasses, contact lenses, low or subnormal vision, pediatric vision conditions,and special and unique ailments will be discussed.
36 years of clinical experience in opticianry and therapeutic optometry. Still in private practice with special interests in vision conditions, diagnosing and treating ocular ailments, prescibing treatment plans which include medicine, eyeglasses, and contact lenses primarily. Although surgery is not within the realm of my area of expertise, I co-manage many pre and post -op surgical cases which include Lasik and PRK procedures.
Organizations New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians
American Optometric Association
Education/Credentials B.A.,1968, Hunter College of the City University of New York
B.S.,1970, Pennsylvania College of Optometry
O.D.,1973, Pennsylvania College of Optometry
Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Administration Certification, New Jersey 1992
Awards and Honors Clinical Efficiency Award, 1973, Pennsylvaania College of Optometry