Macular is the center portion of the retina which functions like film in a camera for our vision. The risk factors for macular degeneration are: age, race, smoking, systemic lipid problems, and UV light exposure. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in the U.S.A. Most people with macular degeneration have the dry form, for which there is no known treatment. The less common, the wet form is associated with the formation of fragile blood vessels, resulting in bleeding and irreversible scar formation. The wet form can be treated with injection and laser procedures.
Some common symptoms of macular degeneration are: a gradual loss of ability to see objects clearly, distorted vision, a gradual loss of color vision and a dark or empty area appearing in the center of your vision. If you experience any of these, call us today to schedule your comprehensive eye exam immediately.
Recent studies indicate that certain vitamins and minerals may help prevent or slow the progression of macular degeneration. If you are 40 years or older, an annual, comprehensive dilated eye examination is an important first step to maintain your eye health. Early detection of AMD, along with utilizing vitamins and minerals may change how you see things.
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