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macular degenerationMacular Degeneration is a condition that affects millions of people globally each year. This eye disease causes blurry vision and trouble focusing. Unfortunately, many people believe that this condition cannot be treated due to their age. But, that’s far from the truth! The experts at Eyesight Associates can help.

Macular Degeneration Details

If you are suffering from Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD), your central vision will be blurry. This happens because the macula, the part of the eye that helps an image focus, is damaged. When the macula is breaking down or has been damaged, you will have trouble doing simple tasks such as reading and driving due to the inability to see the central part of the image. Research has shown certain risk factors that may contribute to the forming of Macular Degeneration. To avoid ARMD, consider the following tips:

  • Avoid high blood pressure
  • Lose weight if obese
  • Quit smoking
  • Reduce fat intake

How an Eye Exam Can Help

To the untrained eye, it’s nearly impossible to see if Macular Degeneration is occurring. That’s why it’s important to schedule an appointment with a Specialist so he can conduct certain exams. Two exams that Eyesight Associates offers are a Grid Test and a Color Vision Test. The Grid Test will evaluate the extent of sight loss spots. The Color Vision Test will determine if certain colors are difficult for the patient to see.

This condition is normally brought on by age. But, certain incidents such as injuries, infection, inflammation, or genetics can cause Macular Degeneration. It’s important to catch this condition early, as there are different aids that an Eyesight Associates’ Specialist can recommend to help with your eyesight. And, no matter your age, detecting this condition early is key to finding a solution.

Contact us today to set up an appointment.