AGE-RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an eye disease that may get worse over time. It’s the leading cause of severe, permanent vision loss in people over age 60.
It happens when the small central portion of your retina, called the macula, wears down. The retina is the light-sensing nerve tissue at the back of your eye.
Because the disease happens as you get older, it’s often called age-related macular degeneration.
SYMPTOMS OF MACULAR DEGENERATION
Early on, you might not have any noticeable signs of macular degeneration. It might not be diagnosed until it gets worse or affects both eyes.
Symptoms of macular degeneration may include:
• Worse or less clear vision. Your vision might be blurry, and it may be hard to read fine print or drive.
• Dark, blurry areas in the center of your vision
• Rarely, worse or different color perception
CAUSES/RISK FACTORS OF MACULAR DEGENERATION
Age-related macular degeneration may have something to do with your genes. If someone in your family has it, your risk might be higher.
Smoking, having high blood pressure or high cholesterol, obesity, eating lots of saturated fat, and having a light eye color are also risk factors.
- TREATMENTS OF MACULAR DEGENERATION
There’s no cure for macular degeneration. Treatment may slow it down or keep you from losing too much of your vision.
If you have any of these symptoms above, go to an eye doctor as soon as possible.
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