Macular degeneration is a medical condition that generally affects older adults and causes blurred vision or loss of vision. Gradually destroying the sharp central vision needed for seeing objects clearly, those severely impacted by macular degeneration may lose the ability to drive or do other tasks which require clear vision such as reading. Occurring in two forms, it is one of the major causes of blindness in adults over 50.
Dry Macular Degeneration
The most common type of macular degeneration, dry age related macular degeneration or dry AMD occurs when the light sensitive cells in the macula begin to break down which causes the gradual blurring in the center of your vision. In dry AMD, Drusen or yellow deposits under the retina are an early sign of the condition and increase in size over time as the condition advances. Dry AMD can change into wet AMD over time.
Wet Macular Degeneration
Wet age related macular degeneration or wet AMD is a much less common type of AMD but is more severe than the early forms of dry AMD. In this form of AMD, the blood vessels of the retina grow under the macula and may leak blood or fluid which causes damage to the macula and may lead to scarring in the retina as well. Those suffering from wet AMD may develop a blind spot or notice other changes to their vision. If diagnosed early, treatment by your medical professional may delay the progression. The earlier it is detected, the better your chances of protecting your vision later on.
Symptoms of macular degeneration may be easy or difficult to notice making it even more important that you get your eyes checked frequently especially when you are older or at higher risk for the condition. Though there is no cure for macular degeneration, there are treatments which can improve or prevent further vision damage. From vitamins or vision aids to laser therapy, Alpine Eye Care has the technology and skills to help you. Identify macular degeneration early to slow the effects of this condition and enhance your quality of life.
If you are suffering from macular degeneration and need treatment in Michigan, Alpine Eye Care offers 3 locations in Northern Michigan including Cheboygan, Gaylord and Grayling. Contact us online or call us today at 1-877-SEE-2020 to set up your appointment.