Age-related macular degeneration is an eye disease that, unlike glaucoma that initially effects peripheral vision, slowly destroys central vision by breaking down the macula, a tiny part of the retina.
Typical symptoms include blurry vision, perceiving wavy lines as straight lines, reduced color vision, and difficulty seeing details on both near and far objects.
Like glaucoma, if macular degeneration is left untreated, it can cause blindness. We offer a number of treatment options for macular degeneration. To learn more about the latest in macular degeneration treatments, please contact us today.
The macula is the tiny central part of the retina which is responsible for fine detail vision and for color perception. Macular degeneration is a disease of this very important portion of the retina. It usually affects both eyes, but often begins in one eye.
In many cases, patients are not aware of macular degeneration in one eye, because the other eye compensates for the weaker one. The most common symptoms include difficulty reading, seeing up close or distorted lines. It occurs most often in people over fifty years of age. If you notice a dimness of vision in one or both eyes or if straight lines appear distorted, you should see an eye doctor immediately. There is no cure for macular degeneration, but recent research suggests that certain vitamins and nutrients may slow the progress of the disease in certain patients. If the disease is advancing, laser surgery can be also be used to slow the disease.
If you are over fifty, have your eyes examined regularly. If you have symptoms, report them to your eye doctor immediately before the disease progresses too far.