February 24, 2017 @ 12:00am

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Published by: Dr. Robert Castrovinci and Rebecca Richmond, COT

  

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a deterioration of the macula. The macula is a small portion in the retina responsible for central and fine detailed vision, such as threading a needle, reading small print and driving.

 

Many older people develop macular degeneration as part of the body's natural aging process. About 15% of people over 75 have some degree of macular degeneration; symptoms may include blurriness, dark or distorted areas in your central vision. An example of what macular degeneration looks like would be seeing the TV set, while not being able to clearly see the images on the screen.  People with more advanced cases of macular degeneration continue to have good peripheral vision.

 


Dry macular degeneration

Most people who have macular degeneration have the dry variety. With dry macular degeneration, vision loss is usually gradual. People who develop dry macular degeneration must monitor their central vision. Any noticed changes in vision, should be reported to your ophthalmologist. While there is no treatment for dry macular degeneration, the AREDS (Age-Related Eye Disease Study) vitamin regimen has been shown to slow the progression of dry macular degeneration. 

 

Wet macular degeneration

Wet macular degeneration can cause more damage to your central vision than the dry form.

Wet macular degeneration occurs when abnormal blood vessels begin to grow in the retina. These new blood vessels may leak and cause a blurring or distorting in the central vision. The longer these abnormal vessels leak or grow, the more risk you have of losing detailed vision. The earlier that wet macular degeneration is diagnosed and treated, the better the chances of preserving some or much of your central vision. There are recent treatments that can reverse some of the damage in this type of macular degeneration. That is why it is important that you and your ophthalmologist monitor your vision.

 

If you have questions or concerns related to age-related macular degeneration, please contact your ophthalmologist. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Robert Castrovinci, Ophthalmologist at Divine Savior Healthcare, call 608-745-5919.

 

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