First Signs of Age-Related Macular Degeneration and What To Do

  • Posted on: Mar 15 2020
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Macular Degeneration is now the leading cause of vision loss, impacting more than 10 million Americans. Here is some basic information about macular degeneration and how to recognize it and hopefully prevent it.

What is Age-related Macular Degeneration?

First things first, what is this disease? AMD is an eye disease that affects people over the age of 55. It is the leading cause of permanent and severe vision loss for people in that age group. AMD occurs when the central portion of your retina, known as the macula, wears down. The retina is the part of the eye that has light-sensing nerve tissue.

As aforementioned, this particular disease happens as you get older. It doesn’t generally cause blindness but it can cause other irreparable and severe vision issues.

How Will I Know if I Have AMD?

The tricky thing about macular degeneration is the early signs are not that noticeable. It may not even be diagnosed until it worsens or begins to affect both eyes.

In the early stages of age-related macular degeneration, you may not have symptoms at all. The first sign you would probably notice is a change in the quality of your vision, this may happen suddenly or over a long period of time. This can also turn into a complete loss of vision after a while.

Other symptoms to watch for include:

  • Blurry vision that makes it difficult to read fine print or drive
  • Dark, blurred areas at the center of your vision
  • Worse or different perception of color

How can I reduce my risk of AMD?

The following are not guaranteed to prevent AMD but may help lower your risk:

  • Keep other medical conditions under control. Make sure you’re taking all medications prescribed by your doctor and following their instructions for other ailments or diseases.
  • If you smoke, quit. Smokers are more likely to develop macular degeneration.
  • Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables. Eating fish is also recommended, particularly fish with omega-3 fatty acids. You can also find omega-3 fatty acids in nuts.

If you have questions about age-related macular degeneration or would like to discuss it further with one of our specialists, fill out this form to schedule a consultation at one of our offices today.

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