Macular Degeneration Month – February

Posted on: February 02, 2014 | General

Health check! February is national Macular Degeneration Month. The macula is located in the back of the eye and is responsible for our sharp vision. Symptoms of degeneration or other macular problems would include decreased sharpness, waviness, or even sections of blocked or missing vision. Although this can affect anyone, it is more common among fair-skinned individuals, light colored eyes, older patients, and among family members. Age-related macular degeneration occurs in our older age. The two main types of macular degeneration are non-exudative (dry) and exudative (wet). In the dry form, pigment is lost from the macular region reducing vision. In exudative macular degeneration, or the wet form, fluid fills under the macular tissue causing distorted or blurry vision. There are recognized treatments for reducing vision loss from macular degeneration, from wearing UV blocking eyewear and getting the necessary ocular anti-oxidants to advanced treatments using eye medicines that are activated by light. This disease can result in permanent vision loss and as with nearly all things, early detection and treatment can provide for better outcomes. For any concern with your vision, seek competent eye care. A complete eye exam and specialized testing can help detect this devastating eye disease.