AGE-RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION
What is ARMD?
Macular degeneration is the leading cause of central vision loss among older people. It results from changes to the macula, a portion of the retina responsible for clear, sharp vision located on the inside back wall of the eye.
1. There is reduced blood circulation to the tissue of the macula which is thought to be a part of the natural aging process in some people.
1. A gradual loss of ability to see objects clearly.
Some studies show that vitamin and mineral supplements may help to slow any progressive vision loss. Some ARMD can be treated with laser therapy. Since ARMD does not damage side vision, low vision aids such as telescopic and microscopic special lenses, magnifying glasses and electronic magnifiers for close work can be prescribed to help make the most of remaining vision. Once the macula is damaged, there is no way to restore the central vision. Therefore, early detection of ARMD is the most important factor in determining if you can be treated effectively.
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