Macular Degeneration is a deterioration of the central portion of the retina, known as the macula. The macula allows us to recognize faces and colors, drive, read, and see objects in fine detail.
Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is considered incurable and is a leading cause of vision loss in people 65 and older. The biggest risk factor for Macular Degeneration is age. Other factors include genetics, smoking (doubles your risk for AMD), and race (Caucasians are more likely to develop AMD).
There is currently no cure for AMD. There are, however, ways to reduce your risk and if already diagnosed, could possibly slow the progression of the disease. Lifestyle changes, such as dieting, exercise, not smoking, and wearing sunglasses with UV protection can help.
If you have questions about Macular Degeneration, call Heart of Texas Eye Institute today.