Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in the Western World. One in seven people over the age of 50 are at risk of developing Macular Degeneration.

Many people link deteriorating vision with aging, but for the greater majority of people poor vision in older age is unnecessary.

With AMD the central retina deteriorates, distorting close vision. The chance of developing AMD is much higher if it runs in your family. People may not realise they have AMD until central vision becomes affected, and while it cannot be cured, there is some treatment available if it is detected early.

Research conducted by the MD Foundation found that 40 per cent of people with the wet form of Macular Degeneration did not receive appropriate treatment because they accessed treatment too late. In 57 per cent of theses cases the delay was a result of being unaware of the symptoms or unknowingly linking the symptoms to something else.

Some of the common symptoms of Macular Degeneration are dark patches or empty spaces in your vision, difficulty in reading or doing activities which require fine vision, the distortion of straight lines (amsler grid), which are seen as wavy or bent, and difficulty in distinguishing objects in your central vision.

Regular eye examinations are the key for bettering the prospects for treatment.

To reduce the chances of developing Macular Degeneration, quit smoking, exercise regularly, eat a well balanced diet with fish, dark green leafy vegetables and nuts, and protect your eyes from UV rays.

Regular eye examinations are the key for bettering the prospects for treatment.

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