Startling Statistic from AHAF Highlights Importance of Macular Degeneration Evaluations
- Posted on: Dec 19 2011
The American Health Assistance Foundation, a nonprofit that deals with age-related diseases, is reporting a startling statistic on the prevalence of macular degeneration in America. The foundation reports that “as many as 11 million people in the United States have some form of age-related macular degeneration.”
Essentially, macular degeneration is a condition characterized by a loss of vision in the macula—the middle portion of the visual field. Macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of blindness in those aged 55 and older, is caused by a deterioration of the retina. Individuals who suffer from macular degeneration often find it reduces their ability to read, drive and recognize faces. While there is no cure for macular degeneration, there are often treatments available. The key is early detection.
The Importance of a Macular Degeneration Evaluation
During a macular degeneration screening, we conduct a series of tests including a dilated eye exam to look for signs of the condition. If we do find evidence that you’re suffering from macular degeneration, we can work together to find the best course of treatment for you. Our goal is to preserve your vision and hopefully slow the effects of the condition.
It’s important also to learn the warning signs of macular degeneration. Common symptoms of the condition include:
- Shadowy areas in the center of your visual field
- Fuzzy vision
- Distorted vision
Schedule Your Macular Degeneration Evaluation Today
If you suspect you’re experiencing Macular Degeneration, contact us today and schedule an evaluation. We can work together to find the best treatment options for you. Our offices are located in Winchester, serving Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland. Book your appointment at (540) 722-6200.
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