AMD one of the four leading causes of blindness.  It is when the center of the retina, called the macula, begins to deteriorate.  The macula is the part of the eye that sees detailed visual sharpness and colors. Early detection of AMD is critical.  In order to do that, Dr. Norman uses a retinal camera with FAF technology.  FAF technology detects damage to the retinal nerve cells as they are degenerating, far before it is visible with the naked eye.  As of this date, our office has the only FAF camera in Southeast Missouri.  If you have AMD, Dr. Norman will focus treatment upon prevention of vision loss.  Prevention consists of either vitamin therapy or laser treatment.  Patients with permanent vision loss from AMD can benefit from prescriptions for visual aids like magnifiers and telescopes. Dr. Norman will work with you to help you find what you need.