All About Macular Degeneration

If you are over the age of 50, then you are at risk of developing Macular Degeneration (AMD). This condition causes a gradual vision loss that is the result of macula deterioration. The macula is located near the center of the retina and is responsible for central vision and sending and receiving image signals to and from the optic nerve.

Symptoms of Macular Degeneration

People that have this condition are usually unaware of it until they start to experience drastic and sudden changes in their vision. Although the disease occurs in stages and is not curable, early detection can significantly improve one’s prognosis.

Symptoms include:

• Vision loss
• Yellow deposits in the retina
• Pigment loss in the retina
• Trouble seeing and recognizing shapes, objects and depths
• Trouble focusing

Many people can live happy and productive lives with the assistance of various treatment options, such as medications, visual aids and laser therapy.

Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in the United States. It affects more than 10 million people each year. Although it generally affects people who are over the age of 50, people that smoke, have a family history of the disease, or are of Caucasian descent have a much higher chance of developing this condition in their lifetime.To learn more about getting your eye checkup in Chula Vista, please visit this website.

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