What Is Macular Degeneration?
Macular degeneration is an eye condition linked to aging. It happens when the macula, or the center part of the retina (the back of your eye), breaks down. Strangely it does not affect peripheral (side) vision, but it may mean losing the ability to see straight ahead. While many people think that it is linked to floaters, dry eyes, or cataracts, central vision loss is actually the only symptom of macular degeneration.
How Do You Find It and Treat It?
Macular degeneration can be identified in several ways. One test, the Amsler grid, is a graph that appears strange to those with macular degeneration. An eyecarecenter doctor may use this test and others to identify whether you have the disease.
While there is no cure, there are a few ways you can prevent or slow the progression of macular degeneration.
- Lifestyle changes. Slow down the problem with healthy behaviors like regular exercise. It’s especially important to avoid smoking, as it doubles the risk of developing macular degeneration.
- Telescopic Surgery. Your eye doctor may recommend telescopic lens surgery, in which a small lens is placed in the back of your eye to extend your field of vision.
- Medication. For a specific type of macular degeneration, a medication blocks irregular blood vessel growth in the back of the eye.
What Causes Macular Degeneration?
While there isn’t a known cause for macular degeneration, it can happen over time with age.
What Do You Do If You Think You Have Macular Degeneration?
Make an appointment with one of our eye doctors if you have any difficulty seeing directly in front of you. eyecarecenter can help!