Be Eye Wise and learn that macular degeneration is a degenerative eye condition that affects the inner part of your retina and distinguishes fine details. When the macula slowly deteriorates (macular degeneration), it causes mild to severe vision loss.
There are two main types of macular degeneration:
Wet Macular Degeneration occurs when blood vessels grow beneath the retina, leaking blood and other fluid into the retina.
Dry Macular Degeneration occurs when the macular thins.
To learn more about what macular degeneration is and the two main types of macular degeneration, watch the video below:
Symptoms of macular degeneration can be:
- Blurred, dimmed, or fuzzy vision.
- Dark or empty areas in the center of your vision.
- The appearance of straight lines (such as telephone poles, sentences on a page, etc.) as being wavy.
Causes of macular degeneration can be:
- Increasing age (especially over the age of 40).
- You have a family history of the disease.
- Certain nutritional/metabolic deficiencies.
- Excessive exposure to UV radiation.
To learn all you can about macular degeneration, please schedule an appointment with a Northwest Eye ophthalmologist. Because the more you know, the better you see.