The Basics of AMD
Age Related Macular Degeneration is a disease that causes severe or permanent vision loss in people typically over the age of 60. Macular Degeneration affects the macula which provides your central vision. There are two forms of macular degeneration - Dry AMD and Wet AMD. Dry AMD patients have yellow deposits in their retina known as drusen. With Dry AMD over time, the light sensitive cells in your macula get thinner and die, which causes a central blind spot in your vison.
Wet AMD is when blood vessels grow into and under your macula. When the blood vessels form and grow, they leak fluid into your retina. When this happens, you will have distortion. Distortion would include straight lines looking wavy and central blurred vision. Left alone, these leaking blood vessels can form a scar, which leads to permanent central vision loss. Treatment for Wet AMD includes intravitreal injections of medication to stop and prevent the bleeding to save your vision. It is important if you have Dry AMD to check your vision daily, one eye at a time. If you recognize changes in your vision, you should make an appointment with a retina specialist immediately. Early treatment is key!
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Posted on 02/18/2022 12:41 PM by Joanna Reasoner
TIL: Tennessee Retina has Financial Counselors.
For many people, changes in insurance and finances can make healthcare decisions difficult, especially at the beginning of the year. Tennessee Retina strives to make our services accessible to patients who have high deductible plans or no medical insurance coverage and has multiple programs in place to provide assistance. The Tennessee Retina Financial Counselors are available by phone or at the time of your visit and can discuss possible options, including financial assistance and structured payment plans for those who meet required guidelines and qualify for assistance.
Our self-pay option allows a patient to receive the treatment needed and pay for services rendered in our office at the time of service, often at a discounted rate. The first estimated visit cost for a self-pay patient will be due upon checking in at our office. This cost will include basic testing and the initial exam. If additional testing or treatment is needed, the patient will be responsible for those discounted rates as they check out and according to any payment plan set up.
If you don't have insurance or have questions about covering costs, call our office at (615) 983-6000 and ask to speak to one of our Financial Counselors before your appointment. To learn more about our financial policy and print out an application, visit our Forms area here.
Posted on 02/09/2022 12:41 PM by Dena Beck