Macular Degeneration FAQs
If you haven't had an eye exam lately, you need to schedule a full eye exam that will test you for macular degeneration among other eye conditions. This is a serious eye disease that can lead to central sight loss and a loss of independence. If you need eye care in Colorado Springs, call Alpine Vision to make an appointment for a comprehensive eye examination.
What Is Macular Degeneration?
This eye disease is often called age-related macular degeneration. It often causes a loss of vision in the center of a person’s eyesight. It is most likely to affect people who are 60 and over, and it can get worse over time and cause a permanent loss of vision. It occurs when the central part of the retina, or the macula, starts to wear down. As it does so, the central area of vision is affected. This disease can cause serious vision loss, but it doesn't generally cause blindness. The reasons for the breakdown of the macula are largely unknown.
What Are the Symptoms of Macular Degeneration?
It is common for macular degeneration to begin and worsen without any symptoms at all. In the later stages, there are several symptoms to watch out for. It can distort the vision and create a blurred or wavy effect. It's common for it to cause either dark areas or blurred spots in the center of vision. The condition may cause you to have trouble recognizing people's faces. The symptoms may come on very suddenly, or it can take years for them to appear.
Who Gets Macular Degeneration?
It can be hard to predict who will get this eye disease, but several factors make it more likely to occur. It is more common among Caucasians than other races. It is also more common in those who have a family history of the disease. As you get older, your chances of developing it increase as well. It is also found more often in those who smoke or have cardiovascular diseases. It is more common in those who are obese, have high cholesterol or high blood pressure. Working to stay within a healthy weight range and avoiding smoking can make you less likely to develop this disease.
Visit Our Eye Doctors
If you live in Colorado Springs, Falcon, Windsor, or the surrounding area, contact our optometrists at Alpine Vision to schedule an eye exam. We will test for this serious eye condition as well as several others that can affect your vision. Some treatments can ease the symptoms and slow the progression of macular degeneration.