Optometrists encounter a number of patients with a variety of degenerative and non-degenerative macular conditions. There are a number of risk factors associated with these diseases including patient's demography, genetics and life-style choices. Many of these patients suffer specifically from 'age related macular degeneration' (AMD) while others mimic AMD. From standpoint of clinical course and proper management of patients suffering with these conditions, differential diagnosis is very important. This lecture demonstrates the clinical and diagnostic findings associated AMD as compared to other mimicking clinical entities.
- 1. To discuss demography and risk factors of age related macular degeneration
- 2. To identify clinical and diagnostic features of age related macular degeneration
- 3. To explain how AMD characteristics compare of contrast with other mimicking macular disease.
- 4. To classify macular degenerative disease other than AMD
- 5. To describe the clinical course of macular degenerative disease and appropriate management of each condition