Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss for people over 50 years of age. It can affect one or both eyes and the symptoms may not be apparent at first, so it’s important to know what to look for.
Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss for people over 50 years of age
Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss for people over 50 years of age. It’s a progressive disease, which means it gets worse over time and can eventually lead to blindness. The good news is that there are things you can do now to protect your vision, especially if you’re at risk for macular degeneration.
Macular degeneration affects the central part of your retina called the macula (mack-you-lur). The macula helps us see fine detail and color, so when it’s damaged by macular degeneration or another condition such as dry eye syndrome or glaucoma, it can affect our ability to read, drive safely or recognize faces.
Symptoms include distorted vision and loss of central vision
Symptoms of macular degeneration include distorted vision and loss of central vision. Distorted vision can be caused by inflammation, scarring, or blood vessel damage in the area. As a result, you may experience:
• A dark spot in your central field of vision (that’s where you see things clearly) that gets bigger over time;
• Distortion around the edge of your visual field; and/or
• Clouds or blank spots in your central field of vision.
Some macular degeneration can be treated with laser surgery
If you have macular degeneration, the chances are good that you will eventually be offered the option of laser surgery. However, there are several things that you should know before accepting this treatment. First, it is important to understand that laser surgery is not a cure for macular degeneration. In fact, it can leave some people with even more severe vision problems than they had before the procedure; this is why it’s crucial for patients to do their research and find out how their own eyes will respond after having laser surgery performed on them.
Second – and this might come as a surprise – not everyone qualifies for this type of treatment! The reason behind this rule has nothing to do with your age or gender; instead, those who suffer from other eye conditions such as glaucoma may not be eligible because these conditions can make it difficult or impossible for doctors to perform effective surgeries on them without damaging their sight further (and possibly causing permanent damage).
Third: Laser surgery isn’t cheap! In fact, it costs upwards of $5-10K per eye depending on where you live (and even more if complications occur). This means that most people won’t have access unless they have private insurance or pay out-of-pocket due again regardless of whether or not they qualify.”
Maintaining healthy eyesight is especially important during aging
While there is no cure for age-related macular degeneration, it can be treated with laser surgery. This treatment involves using a beam of light to reshape the retina and restore vision loss. Laser surgery can also prevent future damage to your eyes.
Although there is no cure for macular degeneration, maintaining healthy eyesight throughout aging can reduce your risk of developing the condition. That’s why it’s important to have regular eye exams and follow all recommendations made by your eye doctor after any examination or procedure you have done on them (i.e., wearing glasses).
It’s time to stop being scared of macular degeneration. It’s important to know what you can do about it and how to manage the condition as best you can.
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