Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in older adults in the United States. This disease has become much more manageable and treatable over the last decade due to advancements in technology and science. Here is everything you need to know about macular degeneration.
What Is Macular Degeneration?
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a disease in which deterioration occurs in the middle part of the retina. The retina is responsible for receiving and recording images that enter the eye, which is how this disease leads to blindness.
The macula, which is designed to focus your vision, is what allows us to read and have recognition ability. The macula allows us to see the finer details. Macular degeneration is common for those over the age of 50, affecting more than 20 million adults in the United States.
Causes of Macular Degeneration
While macular degeneration can be inherited, it can also develop in those who have no family history of this disease. The main known cause of this disease is that it develops in those who are older. Other commonly associated causes include:
- Head injuries
The exact cause of macular degeneration is unknown; however, these are some of the associated causes that are not age-related and are seen in individuals with macular degeneration. Another cause can be those who have malnutrition.
Signs and Symptoms
Signs and symptoms can include blurry vision, difficulty seeing, a change in perception, difficulty seeing in low light, and little dark spots appearing in your field of vision. Any difficulty with your vision and how you can see may be a sign of macular degeneration. If you notice any of these signs, speak with your doctor right away.
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Dr. Stefano and our team of experienced healthcare professionals are dedicated to providing you with the healthcare you deserve. We strive to provide you with the best care, service, and results possible. If you’re interested in macular degeneration treatment, give us a call at 540-722-6200 to schedule an appointment. For more information, you can visit us at our location in Winchester, VA, or at www.seeclear.com for any other information.