The macula is the central part of the retina (back layer of your eyes) which is used for driving, reading, see people’s faces and other detail. Macular degeneration is progressive damage to this macular area which leads to loss of central vision, although the peripheral vision is not affected. Macular degeneration (MD) is caused by genetic, diet and lifestyle factors. One in seven people over the age of 50 are affected.
Symptoms can vary a lot, but may include distorted vision, wavy lines, trouble reading, patchy vision. These symptoms could occur slowly in Dry MD, or very suddenly in Wet MD. Early detection of MD changes can allow you to take steps to slow the progression of the disease. Your eye care professional is trained to detect these early changes in your macula, which can occur before you have any symptoms.
Please make it your mission to have a routine eye test regularly, and be sure to seek eye care assessment immediately if you notice any sudden changes in your vision.
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