Macular Degeneration

What is age-related macular degeneration?

macular_degenerationAge-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a disease associated with aging that gradually destroys sharp, central vision needed for seeing objects clearly and for common daily tasks such as reading and driving.

The center of the retina, called the macula, deteriorates, causing a dark spot in your central vision.

Factors that increase the risk of macular degeneration include high blood pressure, smoking, obesity and age.  If you have a family history of macular degeneration, you are in a much higher risk category.

Options to treat macular degeneration include the use of low vision devices.  The devices may include bioptic telescopes and other high-power lenses.  Also, the use of Vision Vitamins can greatly slow the progression of the condition.

There are two “types” of macular degeneration, “wet” and “dry.”  Dry occurs when drusen-yellow deposits near the retina-is found.  Dry macular degeneration can lead to vision loss as the drusen increases in size and number.  The “wet” form occurs when new blood vessels are grown under the retina, which then leak blood and fluid into the retina, causing distortion.  The loss of central vision is much more common in “wet” than “dry” macular degeneration.

Schedule a low vision evaluation today by calling (877) 677-2020 to determine if you are suffering from macular degeneration, or any other form of eye disease.  We can prescribe vitamins, low vision devices and other treatments to help you retain your remaining vision and increase your independence.