What is Macular Degeneration?
Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in America. It results from changes to the macula, the portion of the retina that is responsible for clear, sharp central vision and is located at the back of the eye.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Macular Degeneration
Most people with macular degeneration have the dry form, for which there is no known treatment. The less common wet form may respond to laser procedures or injections that may reduce progression and loss of vision, if diagnosed and treated early. Some common symptoms are a gradual loss of ability to see objects clearly, distorted vision, a gradual loss of color vision and a dark or empty area appearing in the center of vision.
Recent research indicates certain vitamins and minerals may help prevent or slow the progression of macular degeneration.