We are always on the lookout for signs of macular degeneration during any adult eye exam. The optical world has set aside February as a month to pay particular attention to Age Retailed Macular Degeneration. The macula is the central part of the retina and allows us to read fine print clearly and see colors vividly. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a problem with your retina. It happens when a part of the retina called the macula is damaged. With AMD you lose your central vision. You cannot see fine details, whether you are looking at something close or far. But your peripheral (side) vision might still be normal. AMD is quite common. Imagine driving where you can see the cars on either side of you, but not directly in front of you. How scary might that be?
ARMD is the leading cause of central vision loss in Americans over 50 years old.
What are the risk factors?
Macular degeneration is irreversible. However, caught early, there are treatments that can greatly slow the progress of ARMD. Schedule an eye exam with us soon to see if you have any symptoms of ARMD before it’s too late.