Eye Care for Macular Degeneration from Your Optometrist in Spring
Macular degeneration causes more Americans to suffer partial or complete blindness than glaucoma and cataracts combined. Resulting from deterioration of the macula, a central part of your retina responsible for sending image signals to the optic nerve, macular deterioration interferes with your central vision and your ability to drive, read, recognize colors and see details in objects. Deterioration of macula cells is the specific cause of macular deterioration and the progressive loss of central vision. In some cases, people with advanced macular degeneration may retain some of their peripheral vision while losing much of their forward vision. Your optometrist in Spring recommends people over 50 schedule yearly eye exams to monitor possible development of age-related macular degeneration. (ARMD).
Visit Your Spring, TX Eye Doctor If You Are at Risk for Macular Degeneration
Age is the top risk factor for suffering macular degeneration. If you have parents or grandparents diagnosed with ARMD or have smoked most of your life, you are also at a higher risk for macular degeneration than other people over 50. During early stage ARMD, you won't notice vision symptoms but yellow deposits produced by dying macula cells will continue accumulating under the retina until your vision is affected. Progression rates of macular degeneration vary among individuals, depending on their age, health and existing risk factors. Your Spring, TX eye doctor will be happy to discuss risk factors and how often you should have a comprehensive eye care examination.
Wet and Dry Macular Degeneration
Atrophic (dry) macular degeneration is diagnosed in nearly 90 percent of all ARMD cases. This type of macular degeneration progresses slowly as drusen (yellow deposits) continue forming underneath the macula.
Neovascular (wet) macular degeneration affects about 10 percent of those diagnosed with ARMD but accounts for over 90 percent of people suffering severe and rapid vision loss from macular degeneration. Wet macular degeneration occurs when retinal blood vessels develop and extend towards the macula. These abnormal blood vessels break easily and leak blood under the retina, causing the macula to pull away from underlying tissues. Wet MD requires immediate eye care service from your optometrist to avoid permanent vision loss.
Treatment for Macular Degeneration
Although no medical treatment exists to treat macular degeneration, your eye doctor will discuss lifestyle and dietary choices that can slow progression of ARMD or reduce your risk of developing ARMD. Protecting your eyes from sunlight, exercising, not smoking and eating foods rich in vitamins and minerals beneficial to eye health are some treatment methods you and your optometrist in can talk about at your next eye care appointment.
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