About Macular Degeneration
Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD), a degenerative Retinal condition, causes damage to the Macula, the central portion of the Retina. This damage is a result of the hardening of arteries that supply oxygen and nutrients to the Retinal tissue. The hardening of these arteries deprives the Macula of oxygen and nutrition. This results in a slow, but progressive loss of function. From mild dimming of your central vision, to a complete loss of your central vision, the visual effects of ARMD can range from mild to severe. However, Macular Degeneration DOES NOT cause total blindness. Since these effects are limited to central vision, loss of peripheral vision is not a concern.
The Macula is responsible for providing central vision. Central vision is the sharpest area of your vision. It helps with activities such as seeing fine detail of faces, reading, and recognizing colors. The Macula is responsible for the precise vision required for driving, as well as central, or straight ahead vision.
Macular Degeneration affects more than 10 million Americans. It is incurable and the leading cause of legal blindness for those aged 55 and older in the United States. Your chances of developing ARMD are directly related to your age. The older you are, the greater the chance that Macular Degeneration will affect you.
Macular Degeneration is a complex eye disease. However, with early detection and diagnosis, it may be possible to have a number of treatment options available to help preserve your vision.
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If you, a family member of friend have not had a recent eye examination or feel that you may be at risk for Macular Degeneration, please schedule an appointment at The Eye Center at 303-777-5455.