Macular degeneration is a disease of the macula that can create blurry vision as you age. Age-related macular degeneration affects your ability to read, drive, use cellphones, and perform many other visual tasks. At Eye Care Associates Inc., serving Warren, Youngstown, East Liverpool, and Boardman, OH, our team will diagnose and help you manage the disease. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about age-related macular degeneration.
What Are the Symptoms of Macular Degeneration?
The macula is responsible for the center of our vision, and most patients have issues with central vision. Blurry vision, distortion or waviness, and depth perception issues are some common symptoms. You also experience night vision difficultly and more sensitivity to glare. It also becomes more difficult to recognize faces. Many of the symptoms are similar to cataracts, so it's important to schedule an appointment with our optometrist to get a proper diagnosis.
What Is the Difference between Wet and Dry Macular Degeneration?
There are two types of age-related macular degeneration, wet and dry. Dry is more common, and it results from proteins that accumulate in the macula. Wet macular degeneration is more advanced, and it occurs when blood vessels leak into the eye. Wet macular degeneration can also cause blurriness and black spots, and it's also possible that only one eye is affected.
Can Macular Degeneration Cause Blindness?
Macular degeneration can compromise your vision, but you will not go completely blind from it. Your peripheral vision is still normally intact at advanced stages, but you will not have the same clarity as a person with healthy retinas. The disease affects the center of your vision. It's important to get intervention quickly to have a better quality of life.
Can I Prevent Macular Degeneration?
Several lifestyle habits may be linked to macular degeneration, including smoking, high blood pressure, poor diet, and obesity. Leafy green vegetables and anti-oxidants are helpful for the prevention of the disease.
Can I Inherit the Disease?
Age-related macular degeneration can result from genetic and environmental factors, but you may be more prone to the disease if your parents or grandparents had the disease.
Book an Eye Care Appointment with Our Optometrist
If you have symptoms of age-related macular degeneration, don’t wait to seek treatment. At Eye Care Associates Inc. in Boardman, East Liverpool, Youngstown, and Warren, OH, we will help you manage the disease. Our optometrist will provide treatment options for macular degeneration. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call us today.