WHAT IS MACULAR DEGENERATION?
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a loss of central vision that can occur in two forms: “dry” (atrophic) and “wet” (exudative). This eye disease occurs when there are changes to the macula, a small portion of the retina at the back of the eye.
AMD is the leading cause of severe vision loss in adults over 50. Caucasians are at higher risk for developing AMD than other ethnic groups. Women tend to develop AMD at an earlier age than men.
With dry macular degeneration, small deposits develop under the macula. Wet macular degeneration is caused by abnormal blood vessel growth under the macula, which causes it to shift position and distort central vision.
Symptoms & Diagnosis of AMD
In its early stages, the following signs of macular degeneration can go unchecked. Look for:
- Gradual loss of ability to see objects clearly
- Shape of objects appears distorted
- Straight lines look wavy or crooked
- Loss of clear color vision
- A dark or empty area in the center of vision
If you experience any of the above signs or symptoms:
Contact your doctor immediately for a comprehensive eye examination. Your eye care professional will perform a variety of tests to determine if you have macular degeneration or any other eye health problems.
Treatment & Prevention of AMD
Laser procedures and medication injections have had some success in treating the wet form if diagnosed and treated early. For those who have AMD, low-vision devices, such as telescopic and microscopic lenses, can help maximize existing vision. And while there is not yet a cure for dry AMD, researchers and doctors believe there is a link between nutrition and the progression of dry AMD. Studies have shown that making dietary changes and taking nutritional supplements may slow vision loss.
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