Macular Degeneration FAQs
- Posted on: Nov 15 2018
Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in Americans, and it affects up to ten million people. That’s a lot of people who need extra care and assistance. Identifying Macular Degeneration early can help you get treatment before it gets worse. Keep reading for some of the most frequently-asked questions about Macular Degeneration.
What is it?
Macular Degeneration is a disease that occurs in the retina of the eye, which is the part of the eye that records and transfers images to the brain. It is key to the clarity of the image you see. The center of the retina is called the macula, and this is the portion that is affected by Macular Degeneration. The cells in the macula start to deteriorate, which can cause vision loss in patients.
How can I identify Macular Degeneration?
Macular Degeneration often begins as wavy or blurred vision in slightly older patients. Sometimes the vision disruption stops there. If the condition continues to grow, central vision may be completely affected or lost. Patients with severe Macular Degeneration are legally blind.
Macular Degeneration may start without giving you any signs. This is why it is so important to have regular check ups with your doctor to check for the health of your eyes.
What causes Macular Degeneration?
We still don’t know exactly what causes Macular Degeneration, though we do know of certain risk factors that seem to lead to more increased chances of developing Macular Degeneration.
Often, Macular Degeneration affects patients above the age of 55, so age is a risk factor. Other risk factors include genetics, race, and smoking. For example, if you have family members who suffered from Macular Degeneration, then you may have an increased risk. Also, Caucasians seem to have an increased risk of Macular Degeneration. Additionally, if you smoke cigarettes, your chance of developing Macular Degeneration may be increased.
Can I treat Macular Degeneration?
Unfortunately, Macular Degeneration is currently considered an incurable disease.
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