Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) is a degenerative condition of the Retina in which the central portion of the Retina, called the Macula, is damaged as a result of the hardening of the small arteries supplying oxygen and nutrients to the Retinal tissue. The hardening and narrowing of these arteries deprives the Macula of oxygen and nutrition. This results in a slow but progressive loss of function. The visual effects of Macular Degeneration can be relatively minimal with a mild “dimming” or “distortion” of your central vision, or very profound resulting in a complete loss of your central vision. However, Macular Degeneration DOES NOT cause total blindness. Since the effect of Macular Degeneration is limited to the central Retina, its effects are limited to central vision and thus it does not cause any loss of your peripheral vision.
The Macula is responsible for providing central vision. Central vision is the sharpest or clearest area of your vision and is required for activities such as seeing fine detail of faces, reading and recognizing colors. The Macula provides you with the precise vision required for driving a car and is responsible for central or “straight ahead” vision.
Macular Degeneration is an incurable eye disease and is the leading cause of legal blindness for those aged 55 and older in the United States, affecting more than 10 million Americans in some fashion. Your chances of developing Age Related Macular Degeneration (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. With early detection and diagnosis it may be possible to have a number of treatment options available to help preserve your vision.
The Eye Center is conveniently located for patients needing an eye examination for Macular Degeneration from Denver, Aurora, Arvada, Wheat Ridge, Westminster, Commerce City, Englewood, Littleton, Sheridan, Cherry Hills Village, Northglenn, Broomfield and Greenwood Village. If you, a family member of friend have not had a recent eye examination or if you feel that you may be at risk for Macular Degeneration, please schedule an appointment The Eye Center in Denver, Colorado at 303-777-5455