Macular degeneration is widespread across the U.S., impacting 11 million people across the country. In fact, macular degeneration is one of the leading causes of vision loss for Americans aged 60 and older. To find out more about macular degeneration, read our list of frequently asked questions below.

What is Macular Degeneration?

Macular degeneration is a condition that can cause gradual or sudden loss of vision. It is also sometimes referred to as Age-Related Macular Degeneration or AMD.This condition occurs when the eye’s macula, the most sensitive part of the central retina, breaks down.

Who is at Risk for Macular Degeneration?

Those who are over the age of 65, Caucasian, or a smoker have an increased risk for developing macular degeneration. Those who have a family member with macular degeneration may also be at increased risk for AMD. Certain prescription medications can also increase your risk of developing this condition such as chloroquine or phenothiazine derivatives.

Is Macular Degeneration Preventable?

Though the medical community is still unsure of how to prevent this condition, there has been some research to suggest that wearing sunglasses that block ultraviolet light may help protect you. Your diet can also impact your macula. Research suggests that antioxidants, zinc, and essential fatty assets may help prevent macular degeneration. Quitting smoking and getting regular exercise may also help.

Is Macular Degeneration Curable?

There is no cure for macular degeneration. However, treatment from an eye care specialist may help slow or even stop the progression of the condition. Early diagnosis is one of the best ways to ensure that you are getting the best treatment possible for macular degeneration.

What are the Symptoms of Macular Degeneration?

Some of the early symptoms of macular degeneration are a fuzzy vision, night vision problems, or shadowy areas appearing within the central line of vision. Seeing straight lines that appear wavy can also be a sign. Early detection and diagnosis are possible. Your eye doctor may be able to find indicators during an eye exam before you even start to experience symptoms.

What are the Current Treatment Options for Macular Degeneration?

For wet AMD, there are a number of FDA-approved medical treatments, including eye injections. Laser surgery called Photocoagulation is another option for some patients. For dry AMD, there are currently no medical treatments approved by the FDA.

Schedule an Appointment with our Carmel and Fishers OptometristS Today

If you’re living in the Carmel and Fishers, Indiana area and think that you may suffer from macular degeneration, you should schedule an appointment with the eye care specialists at RevolutionEYES. Dr. Ciano specializes in diagnosing and treating eye conditions like macular degeneration and can help you better understand this condition and your options.

Book an appointment by calling our Carmel office at (317) 844-2020 or our Fishers office at (317) 790-2015.