Age-Related Macular Degeneration-ARM

Are you Confused about the Macular degeneration? Age-related Macular degeneration is the number one cause of vision loss facing 10 million Americans today. Which is more than cataracts and glaucoma combined. Deterioration of the retina’s central region is what causes the condition. The macula, which is located at the rear of the eye, is where the images we perceive are stored. The optic nerve transmits these images, which the brain ultimately interprets. Although there is presently no cure for this illness, there are techniques to lessen its consequences. The condition often does not have any symptoms, to begin with, but with progression, it may cause severe visual impairment, even complete blindness.

Those highest at risk for age-related macular degeneration are over the age of 55, smokers, or those with a family history of AMD. The consequences of AMD can be slowed down by quitting smoking and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. AMD does not result in total blindness or the inability to see. However, the loss of central vision associated with AMD can make it difficult to perform close-up tasks like cooking or home maintenance or to drive, read, write, or recognize. By eating well, exercising, and shielding your eyes from UV rays, you can reduce your risk of developing AMD or slow down its advancement. Visit your doctor for more information on AMD.

Types of ADM

There are two forms of macular degeneration.

 Dry macular degeneration

The most typical kind is dry, which develops gradually over time as the macula’s light-sensitive cells degrade. Nearly 90% of cases of dry macular degeneration that have been diagnosed.

 Wet macular degeneration

There are three stages of dry macular degeneration: early, middle, and advanced. However, occasionally, either from the early stage or the intermediate stage, the dry form quickly transforms into what is known as wet macular degeneration. Even though it only accounts for 10% of cases but accounts for 90% of legal AMD blindness, the moist form is always regarded as advanced.

Are You at Risk for AMD?

Anyone can develop AMD, but your risk goes up if you have one or more risk factors for the disease. Risk factors for AMD include:

  • Being 50 or older
  • Smoking (doubles risk)
  • Eating a diet high in saturated fat
  • High blood pressure/hypertension
  • Familial history of AMD

The best-case scenario is to discover AMD before symptoms appear because this enables prompt therapy to be initiated, delaying the disease’s progression and preserving vision for as long as feasible.

Get an urgent opticians appointment if:

  • your vision gets suddenly worse
  • you have a dark “curtain” or shadow moving across your vision
  • your eye is red and painful

These are not symptoms of AMD, but can be signs of other eye problems that need to be treated immediately.Let Us Help you in finding those symptoms.

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