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Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration is a very serious eye condition that can lead to permanent vision loss if not properly diagnosed and treated. Many people do not realize that this eye disease is not permanently curable and has climbed to be the leading cause of blindness for elderly people.  If you are over the age of 65 please regular eye exams are encouraged to diagnose diseases like age-related macular degeneration.

• Currently affects more than 10 Million Americans
• "Wet Macular Degeneration" is responsible for (90%) vision loss.
• Approximately 200,000 new cases of wet macular degeneration in the United States each year.
• Average age of detection is in 70’s
• Damage cannot be reversed
• Some eye vitamins may slow the damage of this disease
• The first proven treatment was laser photocoagulation.
• High myopia (nearsightedness) can lead to macular degeneration

The disease itself is typically caused by the degradation of the central portion of the retina, the inside back layer of the eye that processes images and sends them via the optic nerve to the brain. The retina is the delicate layer of tissue on the inside back wall of your eyeball. The macula or central portion of the retina is responsible for focusing central vision in the eye. This portion of the retina controls our ability to read, work on a computer, recognize text and colors, and operate a motor vehicle. The retina and the central portion of the retina are critical for stable vision and critical for the transmission of images to the brain.

As people get older, their chances for developing eye diseases like macular degeneration dramatically increases. The specific factors that cause macular degeneration are not conclusively known and have puzzled ophthalmologists for years. There are several research organizations learning about this disease and other corporate vision care organizations trying to develop products that lessen the effects. Continued donations and funding are still required so that research can continue.

The Patient Life
Lifestyle of a macular degeneration patient
Living with age-related macular degeneration

Life with age related macular degeneration can be extremely depressing upon first diagnosis. Because there is no cure for this disease options may seem bleak. A patient may first encounter a sign of macular degeneration if more light is required to do close work. Books and magazines may become harder to read and street signs will be less obvious. Visual dark spots may gradually develop and progress rapidly. If you feel that you may be experiencing some of these early warning signs of this eye disease make sure to consult a qualified ophthalmologist immediately. Your doctor will discuss your limited options and plan to try and prevent permanent vision loss. Despite the danger of this disease patients rarely lose all of their vision from macular degeneration. In most cases poor central vision is a problem but functioning with normal daily tasks is possible.

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