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elderly couple happily smile and laugh togetherThere is an important part of your retina called the macula. The macula allows you to see objects that are right in front of you. If the macula is not functioning properly, your vision is compromised. Several types of macular degeneration include atrophic (dry), exudative (wet), juvenile, and inherited. Discover the details of each:

Macular Degeneration: Dry Form

The most common type of macular degeneration is the atrophic macular degeneration, also known as dry form. With dry form, you may notice yellow deposits in your macula. The bigger these deposits get, the harder it is to see clearly. Many people notice that these deposits cause their vision to be distorted or dimmed. As the yellow deposits grow, it causes important eye tissues to die. When this occurs, central vision is compromised.

Macular Degeneration: Wet Form

There are different layers and elements to your eye and one of those layers separates your eye’s blood vessels from your macula. If this layer is compromised, the blood vessels could break and cause scar tissue to form. This scar tissue, coupled with abnormal blood vessel formation, may cause your central vision to be blurry.

Other Types of Macular Degeneration

Although aging is the most common cause of macular degeneration, other incidents may cause this eye issue to occur such as injury, infection, or inflammation. A percentage of children have this condition due to hereditary factors. From young children to the elderly, it’s important to see an eye doctor about this condition so you can maximize your remaining vision which will contribute to enjoying your everyday activities. Our physicians will perform a grid test and/or a color vision test to determine the extent of your condition. From there, they will discuss ways to help your vision and answer all your questions.

Do you want to get tested for macular degeneration? Call us today: 478-923-5872.