Macular Degeneration is a deterioration of the the central vision area of the retina inside the eye.
It is the leading cause of blindness in North America in adults over the age of 55.
Symptoms & Detection
During the early stages of macular degeneration there may be no symptoms but physiological changes with advanced diagnostics can be detected during routine eye exams. The most common early symptom is slightly blurred central vision typically noticed while performing detailed tasks.
Pepole at higher risk for macular degeneration include smokers, individuals with high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis or people with a family history of macular degeneration. Extensive UV exposure can also increase the risk.
Treatment & Testing
Certain types of macular degeneration is treated with ocular vitamins whereas other forms may be treated with injections performed by ophthalmologists. Regular eye exams with advanced diagnostic testing can detect macular degeneration in its earliest stages.