The signs of Macular Degeneration Symptoms may vary, depending on the type of Macular Degeneration you have.
Macular Degeneration is the third, and most common, of the big-three Eye Diseases that are linked to aging(ARMD).
More that 13 million people in the United States show some signs of these diseases, and it is considered the leading cause of Loss of Vision in people ages 60 or older.
Macular Degeneration affects The Retina, the light-sensitive lining at the back of the eye that sends visual messages through the optic verve to the brain.
Often, people with macular degeneration will lose their vision while retaining peripheral vision.
Without central vision, reading, driving, and any other activities become extremely difficult, if not impossible.
Macular degeneration usually develops gradually and painlessly.
There are two main types of the disease:
With dry Macular Degeneration Symptoms you may notice the following:
The need for increasingly bright illumination when reading or doing close work
Printed words that appear increasingly blurry
Colors that seem washed out and dull
A gradual increase in the haziness of your overall vision.
A blind spot in the center of your visual field combined with a profound drop in your central vision.
With wet macular degeneration symptoms, the following may appear rapidly:
Visual Distortions, such as straight lines appearing wavy or crooked (a doorway or street sign that seems out of whack)
Decreased Central vision
A central Blurry Vision.
In either form of Macular Degeneration, your vision may falter in one eye while the other remains fine for years.
You may not notice any or much change because your good eye compensates for the weak one.
It’s when the condition develops in both eyes that your vision and lifestyle are dramatically affected.
To test your own vision for possible early signs of macular degeneration,
refer to the Amsler Grid.
If you notice any distortion in the Amsler Grid, Macular degeneration has already been present for some time.
Know that macular degeneration can also develop after twenty-five years or more of exposure to risk factors like smoking, poor digestion, and exposure to sunlight without sunglasses.
If you are a postmenopausal woman, have light-colored irises (blue or hazel) elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, osteoporosis, a family history of macular degeneration, are a smoker over the age of 50, take multiple medication and / or have been told that you have drusen or loss of pigment, take immediate action.
Begin a nutritional program, and load up your
Eye Health Antioxidants
Block UV and blue light (from sunlight) with Sunglasses and or orange glasses (which block the blue light and improve contrast).
Severe loss of vision occurs more quickly with the wet form of ARMD than with the dry form.
With the wet from, also called the exudative form, abnormal blood vessels grow beneath The Retina, resulting in bleeding and fluid leakage.
In these cases, you will have Blurred Vision or distorted. The abnormal blood vessels can cause severe scarring of the macula.
When this occurs vision can become extremely impaired.
It is terrible unfortunate that some people develop both forms of ARMD, sometimes in the same eye.
Have periodic eye examinations to find out more about Macular Degeneration symptoms and read the following articles for more information.
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