As you get older, it’s important to visit your eye care professional for periodic exams. In this way, you can help to prevent, detect and treat age-related conditions that can impair your vision. Age-related macular degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss in people over 50, and the CDC estimates that 6.5% of people in the US over the age of 40 are affected by this condition. By visiting the office of Optical Outlets for a baseline eye exam around the age of 40, and then coming back as recommended for comprehensive eye exams, our eyecare team can monitor the ongoing health of your eyes and the quality of your vision. We’ll also guide you as how to you can protect your eyes and prevent against vision loss.
Macular degeneration compromises your ability to view objects that are straight ahead, causing blurry spots to appear in the center of your field of vision. The macula is an important part of the retina, located at the back of the eye, and contains a high concentration of photoreceptors, making it critical for the retina to function properly. With age, the tissues of the macula can become thin and the cells gradually deteriorate. People who have age-related macular degeneration in its most advanced stage may have only their peripheral vision and are considered legally blind. In its earliest stages, however, macular degeneration may not present with symptoms or vision loss. Furthermore, the progress of this condition occurs gradually. Fortunately, with a comprehensive eye examination the condition can be detected before you begin to experience symptoms and your eyesight has been markedly damaged. If you’re diagnosed with macular degeneration, we’ll recommend an appropriate course of care to help manage and slow the progression of the disease. Preventing the onset and progress of macular degeneration may also include wearing sunglasses, quitting smoking and making other dietary and lifestyle modifications.
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