Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is an age-related degenerative eye disease which causes loss of central vision.  The macula is the center portion of the retina.  When this macula area becomes compromised central vision becomes distorted. There are two types of macular degeneration: dry and wet.  A dilated eye examination can determine if there is evidence of macular degeneration.  High resolution images of the retina are used if needed to see early evidence of macular degeneration.  Significant risk factors for macular degeneration include smoking and family history of macular degeneration.

Having an annual dilated eye exam is important for to allow the us to examine the macula carefully.  Research has shown that certain vitamins and proper sunglass protection for ultraviolet sunlight exposure may be helpful to lessen the risk of macular degeneration.  There are exciting new treatments for macular degeneration that have kept many patients from losing their vision!  Early diagnosis and regular examinations are crucial to protecting eyesight in macular degeneration patients.