Macular Degeneration in Optometry and Ophthalmology
What Is Age-Related Macular Degeneration?
Macular degeneration is the leading cause of severe vision loss in people over age 70. It occurs when the small central portion of the retina, known as the macula, deteriorates. The retina is the light-sensing nerve tissue at the back of the eye. Because the disease develops as a person ages, it is often referred to as age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Although macular degeneration is almost never a totally blinding condition, it can be a source of significant visual disability. Vision loss from macular degeneration can severely restrict reading, driving, and recognizing people.
Most patients with macular degeneration have the dry form of the disease and can lose some form of central vision. However, the dry form of macular degeneration can lead to the wet form at any time and without warning. Although only about 10%-15% of people with dry macular degeneration develop the wet form, they make up the majority of those who experience serious vision loss from the disease.
It is very important for people with macular degeneration to monitor their eyesight carefully and see their St. George eye doctor on a regular basis or immediately if there are any changes to their vision. Graf Medical Eye Care is prepared and available to assist you in controlling Macular Degeneration so you can retain as much vision as possible and enjoy your life and lifestyle.
Please call if you or any members of your family in St. George have macular degeneration and make an appointment so we can begin helping you today.