Currently, there is no cure for age-related macular degeneration. Fortunately, some studies suggest you can do several things to minimize the chances of developing this condition. If there is a history of macular degeneration in your family, you should be incredibly diligent about doing everything possible to prevent it.
Also known as age-related macular degeneration, this is an eye condition that can cause you to lose your central vision. You lose the ability to see an object’s fine details, whether you are looking at it from afar or nearby. However, you will see things normally from your side/peripheral vision. For example, if you look at a clock with hands, you might see its numbers but not its hands.
When it comes to eye conditions, macular degeneration is one of the most severe. It is one of the leading causes of vision loss among the elderly. To understand its severity, consider that more than 10 million people in the U.S. currently suffer from the condition. This makes it more prevalent than glaucoma and cataracts combined.
Macular degeneration causes the back of the eye near the retina to weaken or deteriorate.
The medical community has yet to ascertain the exact cause of age-related macular degeneration. However, certain factors may increase your likelihood of developing the condition. Some of these factors include the following:
To minimize your risk of developing macular degeneration, you need to start by leading a healthy lifestyle. This is especially important for high-risk individuals who may identify with any of the above risk factors. Some of the most helpful prevention tips include:
If you are over the age of 45, regular eye exams are key when it comes to preventing macular degeneration. These exams will help your eye doctor catch any eye condition early, which will allow for early intervention.
To learn more about macular degeneration, visit Grove Eye Care at our offices in Richmond or Midlothian, Virginia. You can also call (804) 353-3937 or (804) 888-8998 to book an appointment today.