Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is considered a top cause of vision loss for those people over 50. AMD is receiving more and more attention over the years because of its worldwide effect upon the 50+ age group. As you get older, you are at higher risk of developing age-related eye diseases and conditions.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is generally characterized by the loss of central vision. The loss of cells in the area causing blurred or distorted central vision contributes to vision loss but not total blindness. There is the macula which is the small central portion of the retina that contains millions of nerve cells (cones) that are sensitive to light. This portion of the retina is responsible for detailed vision such as facial recognition and reading. In cases where the AMD is severe, people who are suffering this problem will benefit from laser or injection of medication. Many vision problems and eye diseases become more prevalent with age and it will be prevented or corrected if you see your family physician regularly to check for any eye diseases that will cause problems, like diabetes, etc. Visiting your ophthalmologist or optometrist every year is very helpful.
Since there are many eye problems that are common as people age, there are simple things that require to be done in order to prevent discomfort and improve vision no matter how old you are. The solution will be simple, visit your eye doctor regularly for comprehensive eye exam and take special precautions if you have diabetes or a family history of eye disease,
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