Macular degeneration is a serious disease. It can strike anyone, but mostly patients over the age of 55 have a higher risk for macular degeneration. The Retina Group of Washington specializes in treating retinal disorders and problems. We treat macular degeneration before it gets worse.
The biggest risk factor for macular degeneration is age. Those over the age of 55 are at a higher risk, and risk increases as people age. Other risk factors include smoking, which doubles the risk of AMD, race and genetics. Those with a family history are more likely to get AMD, and those who are caucasian are more at risk for developing the disease than hispanics, Latinos or African-Americans. As of right now there is no known cure for macular degeneration. Quitting smoking, starting to exercise and eat a healthy diet and protecting eyes from UV rays all go a long way in preventing AMD. Our macular specialist in Falls Church can tell you more about AMD and the different kinds. Dry AMD is different from regular AMD.
Macular degeneration affects central vision, which is used for reading or driving. If not treated properly, macular degeneration may cause vision loss and even blindness. There are different types of macular degeneration, such as age related macular degeneration and dry AMD. Other conditions, like retinal detachment, need specialists like our macular specialist in Falls Church to treat them. Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss, affecting more than 10 million Americans. That’s more than cataracts and glaucoma combined. Macular Degeneration deteriorates the central portion of the retina, which is the inside back layer of the eye that records the images we see. These images are sent by the optic nerve from the eye to the brain. The retina’s central portion is known as the macula. It is responsible for focusing central vision in the eye, and it controls our ability to read, drive and see objects in fine detail.