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What is Macular Degeneration?

Macular degeneration is the most common reason for vision loss for Americans over the age of 50. It is an eye disease that impacts the macula. The macula is responsible for light sensitivity and is located at the very back of your eyeball. The common symptoms for macular degeneration include gradual vision loss, the shape of objects that can start to appear distorted, straight lines that look wavy and your ability to differentiate contrast in colors will begin to fade.

Can I Prevent Macular Degeneration? 

It has been proven that a good diet and exercise can slow the growth of macular degeneration as well as prevent it all together. Keeping things like your hypertension, cholesterol levels and no tobacco use also plays a big role in keeping a healthy macula. 

Chart Illustrating a Healthy Eye vs One With a Degenerated Macula

What Are The Most Common Treatments for Macular Degeneration? 

Outside of keeping a healthy overall lifestyle, other treatment options include laser photocoagulation, anti-VEGF therapy medication, and intravitreal injections. The best treatment options for you can be discussed with our specialist. 

Like many retina disorders, you may not notice any symptoms until there is serious damage done to your vision. Macular degeneration is just another reason why it is so important to receive yearly comprehensive eye exams. Schedule an exam with our team of eye doctors today!