Macular Degeneration Frequently Asked Questions
At Epic Vision Centers, our doctors are experts at treating all kinds of vision and eye problems; Macular Degeneration is one of them. Here are some of the most asked questions we get from patients about Macular Degeneration.
What is Macular Degeneration?
Macular Degeneration is an eye disorder that leads to central vision loss. Central vision is what we see when looking straight ahead.
According to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation, Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss. It affects more than 10 million Americans, that’s more than glaucoma and cataracts combined.
At this point, eye doctors consider Macular Degeneration an incurable eye disease.
Deterioration of the central part of the retina is what causes Macular Degeneration. The inside back layer of the eye is responsible for recording what we see and sending it via the optic nerve from the eye to the brain. The central part of the retina, called the macula, focuses on the eye’s central vision, controlling your ability to drive, read, recognize faces and colors, and see objects in detail.
Does Macular Degeneration cause blindness?
No, Macular Degeneration does not cause total blindness because it does not affect the peripheral vision.
What causes Macular Degeneration?
Scientists and doctors are still researching the exact factors that lead to Macular Degeneration.
What are the risk factors for developing Macular Degeneration?
Age is the most significant risk factor for Macular Degeneration, and the risk increases as we get older. The disease is most likely to occur in patients over the age of 55.
Other risk factors include:
- Smoking – Smoking doubles your risk of Macular Degeneration
What are the symptoms of Macular Degeneration?
Macular Degeneration is a progressive disease, meaning it worsens over time.
The symptoms of dry Macular Degeneration include:
- distortion of straight lines in the field of vision
- reduction in central vision
- needing brighter lighting
- having increased difficulty adapting to low lights
- trouble recognizing faces
Some wet Macular Degeneration symptoms resemble dry Macular Degeneration’s symptoms, including visual distortions and reduced central vision. People with wet macular Degeneration often also experience:
- a blurry spot in your field of vision
- hazy vision
- rapidly worsening symptoms
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Epic Vision Centers is home to some of the best optometrists in Smithville, Kansas, and beyond. Our doctors average over 15 years of experience and are focused not only on caring for the patient’s vision but also on the eye’s full health. Our broad set of experiences have made us well versed in vision correction and conditions such as Myopia, Astigmatism, Dry Eye Disease, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Cataracts, and much more. If you are looking for an experienced eye doctor, look no further than Epic Vision.