Macular Degeneration in a nutshell

Macular degeneration is a disease of the central retina, and is more common over the age of 65. In its early stages, there are no symptoms. If it progresses, it can cause central vision loss. It does have the potential to lead to permanent blindness. Macular degeneration is something that can be diagnosed by your optometrist at your yearly eye exam. In its early stages, certain lifestyle changes are recommended to prevent progression (including diet changes, specific vitamin recommendations, and smoking cessation). In its more severe form, eye surgery is generally recommended to prevent progression. Retinal photos can be taken at our office to monitor progression.