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. Macular degeneration has climbed to be the leading cause of blindness for elderly people. If you are over the age of 65 regular eye exams are encouraged to diagnose diseases like age-related macular degeneration.
Macular degeneration involves a deterioration of the macula part of the eye. In case you are not familiar with the macula, it is a small area in the retina at the back of the eye. It is responsible for seeing fine details. If this macula does not work properly the central vision of the eye can be often times blurry or dark.
Macular Degeneration Facts (amd.org)
- Currently affects more than 10 million Americans
- There are 2 types of macular degeneration (wet and dry)
- “Wet” macular degeneration” is responsible for (90%) vision loss.
- Average age of detection is in 70’s
- Damage cannot be reversed
- High myopia (nearsightedness) can lead to macular degeneration
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.
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