Macular degeneration, or age-related macular degeneration (AMD), is a disease that destroys your central vision and is a leading cause of severe vision loss in Americans 50 and older. The macula is the part of the eye that allows you to distinguish details. This eye disease occurs when there are changes to the macula, a small portion of the retina that is located on the inside back layer of the eye. AMD is a loss of central vision that can occur in two forms: “dry” (atrophic) and “wet” (exudative). Most people with macular degeneration have the dry form, for which there is no known treatment. The less common wet form may respond to laser procedures and medication injections, if diagnosed and treated early.
Macular Degeneration Treatment & Symptoms
Early symptoms include
• blurred vision
• a dark area in the center of vision
• straight lines appearing crooked
• loss of clear color vision
While we cannot reverse the effects of this disease, we can slow the progression. It is important to get regular comprehensive exams to detect the disease before it causes too much damage. Treatment includes dietary and nutritional supplements and changes to one’s diet. In some cases, laser surgery may be an option. To read more, click here.
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