The signs and symptoms of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) are usually very gradual. Consequently, this ocular disease develops almost imperceptibly, making it the number one cause of vision loss in American seniors. Over 9.1 million people live with the effects of AMD – the inability to recognize faces, drive, or watch TV.
Regular eye exams can identify the first indicators of this disease. With early detection, age-related macular degeneration can be mitigated with proper lifestyle and nutritional changes. As this disease progresses, certain treatments like intravitreal injection (injections into the vitreous of the eyeball), laser surgery, or photodynamic therapy can help to control the development of AMD.
Anyone over the age of 40 should have their eyes checked regularly for this disease. Those who smoke or drink excessively have double the chance of developing this disease. Also, if your family has a history of AMD or you are caucasian you are at a higher risk. Obesity, UV rays, and blood pressure also play a role in age-related macular degeneration.
There are two kinds of age-related macular degeneration. Both are characterized by damage to the macula, causing central vision loss.
Dry AMD – also known as Atrophic AMD. Drusen deposits develops on the macula. Over time, the amount and size of drusen deposits grow, obscuring your vision. Eventually, you may lose areas of your central vision.
Wet AMD – also known as Exudative AMD. This is a far more severe and advanced variation of this disease. Weak blood vessels break, leak, and leave scar tissue, damaging the retina. If left untreated this form of AMD can cause blindness.
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