Taking care of our eyes is something that is very important. As we get older, there is going to be a lot about our bodies that will weaken. The same for that goes with our eyes. It is important to make sure that we do what we can to keep our eyes in good condition, and that we recognize the signs when something is not going well.
Macular degeneration is a problem with the eyes that occur in the center of the retina, where the macula is. The macula is responsible for your central vision. Macular degeneration occurs most often after age 60. When it occurs it usually happens as you are older.
Macular degeneration is a painless condition. There are two types of macular degeneration: dry and wet.
There are certain things that can increase your risk of macular degeneration. Smoking, high blood pressure, obesity, a diet high in unsaturated fats and simple carbs and a lack of exercise.
It is important to know how to recognize the symptoms of macular degeneration. If you have macular degeneration, then you may experience:
- blurred vision
- need for more light while reading
- difficulty recognizing faces
- blurred spot in the center vision
- wavy appearance of straight lines
If you suffer dry macular degeneration, then your condition cannot be treated. While dry macular degeneration cannot be treated at the present time, but the progression can be slowed through a healthy lifestyle and possibly through anti-oxidant vitamins.
If you have macular degeneration, or think that you may have it, then it is important to get treatment as soon as possible. Galanis Cataract & Laser Eye Center—your St. Louis cataract surgery center—can give you the help that you need.