Macular degeneration is a serious condition of the eye that causes central vision loss. Unfortunately, there is no cure for this condition; however, our optometrists at Legacy Optical in Hampton Bays can create a treatment plan to slow the progression.
What Is Macular Degeneration?
This is a condition of the eye that often affects people over 50. It occurs when the macula begins to thin. The macula is the part of the retina that provides clear vision in your direct line of sight. When the macula thins, your central vision will begin to worsen.
Although anyone can develop this condition, some factors make your risk of developing this condition greater.
- Age: Age is the most common risk as this condition often occurs in people between 50 and 60 years old.
- Family history: Studies have shown that this condition is genetic and can run in families.
- Smoking: Being a smoker, or being exposed to second-hand smoke can increase your chances of developing macular degeneration.
- Obesity: There is a link between obesity and macular degeneration.
- Cardiovascular disease: Heart and blood vessel diseases have been linked with macular degeneration.
- Race: This condition is more common in Caucasians.
This condition causes a loss of central vision; however, some symptoms occur before the vision loss occurs.
- Seeing straight lines as bent
- Needing brighter lights when reading or doing closeup work
- Trouble adjusting to dim rooms when coming in from the light
- Faded colors
- Blurriness when reading
- Trouble recognizing faces
Treatment for Macular Degeneration
As we have mentioned, there is no cure for macular degeneration. However, our optometrists can prescribe vitamin supplements to slow the progression of the disease. Lifestyle changes can help as well. For example, if you are a smoker, quitting will help. If you are overweight or obese, a diet and exercise plan to help you lose weight will slow the progression.
Contact Our Eye Doctors in Hampton Bays, NY
Macular degeneration is quite serious, which makes annual eye exams at Legacy Optical an essential part of detecting the condition early. Early detection and treatment are essential in slowing the progression of the disease and preserving your vision longer. Call our team today at (631) 728-3132 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.