Learn More About Macular Degeneration
Macular degeneration is one of the most common causes of vision loss and it affects millions of people. Keep reading to learn more about this common problem and find out what you can do to protect your eyesight.
Macular Degeneration Basics
Your eye is made up of many different parts. One of these important parts is the retina, which helps to focus images and transmit information to the optic nerve and the brain. Part of the retina is called the macula. The macula helps to focus your central vision. If the macula deteriorates, your eyes have difficulty focusing on things in the center of your field of vision. Normally, the macula helps you to focus on details, drive, read, recognize faces, and more.
Macular Degeneration refers to the deterioration of the macula and the problems that result. Some people my not notice symptoms until it has progressed significantly while others may notice some blurred vision earlier on. You may not notice symptoms of macular degeneration until it is at the late stages. This means it is important to get regular eye exams because your optometrist can identify problems long before symptoms are noticeable.
Who is at risk for macular degeneration?
Macular degeneration is more common in people over 55 and aging is one of the primary causes of this disease. While anyone can be affected by this problem, people who smoke, Caucasians, and people with a family history of macular degeneration have an increased risk of developing this problem.
Obesity, high blood pressure, and other health issues may also increase your risk.
What can you do to protect your eyesight?
You may not always be able to prevent macular degeneration and there is not a cure for the disease. However, there are many treatments that can slow the progress of the disease and protect your vision for as long as possible.
In addition to exercising and eating a healthy, balanced diet, you can protect your health and vision by scheduling regular eye exams. The sooner a problem is identified, the easier it is to correct. If your optometrist notices macular degeneration in the early stages, the progress can be slowed and your vision can be protected for as long as possible. Aloha Eye Clinic treats this problem with nutritional supplements and restorative therapies. If you’d like to learn more about fighting off macular degeneration and protecting your vision, schedule an appointment at the Aloha Eye Clinic.