WHAT IS MACULAR DEGENERATION?
Macular degeneration is a deterioration or breakdown of the eye’s macula, a small area in the retina responsible for central visual activity. Macular degeneration is one of the leading causes of vision problems occurring in people over age 50. People with macular degeneration may have symptoms such as blurriness, dark areas or distortion in the central vision, and/or loss of central vision. Several treatment options are currently available. Screening, especially for patients over 60, is essential.
Macular degeneration has two forms: dry and wet. Most cases start as dry AMD with about 10-20% progressing to wet. There is currently no cure but there are many treatments that can help slow progression of the condition and prevent vision loss.
- Distorted vision that is especially prominent when looking at straight lines.
- Distorted central vision
- Reduction or loss of central vision in one or both eyes
- Decrease in vividness of colors
- Difficulty recognizing faces
The most susceptible people to macular degeneration are those who are over 60. Other risk factors include smoking and genetics.
Ways to reduce risk:
- Avoid smoking
- Exercise regularly
- Monitor and maintain healthy blood pressure and cholesterol
- Eat leafy greens and fish with omega 3
There is currently no cure for macular degeneration however with early diagnosis and treatment is can be possible to slow the progression and prevent vision loss. Schedule your comprehensive eye exam today by calling us in thousand oaks at (805) 497-7976 or in Oxnard at (805) 483-4804.