What is it?
The macula is the part of the retina that allows us to see things straight ahead. As we mature, changes occur in this area, and the tissue becomes irregular, thus distorting our central vision.
Who does it affect?
Macular degeneration is typically a disease of older adults. Family history plays a part in how severe a person's condition may develop. A lot of research is aimed at why some people lose vision from macular degeneration and others don't. High blood pressure, extended sun exposure and certain vitamin deficiencies may be related.
How is it treated?
Early detection and careful monitoring of a person's vision are the best methods to prevent vision changes from macular degeneration. A severe type of macular degeneration may require injections or laser treatment as soon as it is detected. Vitamins may be recommended as research has shown they slow down changes in the macula.
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