: With award-winning actress Judi Dench recently announced that it suffers from macular degeneration, you may be wondering if you are at risk of eye disease, especially if you have had unexplained changes in your vision.
We all know that our eyes can play tricks on us, but it is important to recognize when something is a warning sign.
What is macular degeneration?
Macular degeneration is a progressive, degenerative disease that affects the lining of the retina, the sensitive tissue of the eye that gathers information and sends it to the brain. Symptoms usually include a blurred or distorted vision or a dark area in the center of your vision, but these differ from person to person.
Types of macular degeneration
There are two main types of macular degeneration. The most common is the “dry” form, which represents about 90 percent of cases. The dry form progresses over time as deposits accumulate under the macula.
The other type is the degeneracy “wet” macular, which can have devastating effects on your vision. Weakens and allows the retina of new blood vessels to grow through the lower surface of the fabric. These new blood vessels are immature and leak blood, which can lead to scarring and rapid decline in visual quality.
Treatments for macular degeneration
Macular degeneration is not painful and can often be treated if caught early. It is important to have your eyes examined every year and do not ignore symptoms. If your vision is blurred or if you have sudden changes in visual, a quick review is necessary. Current treatments target new immature blood vessels and may limit or reverse vision loss. There are also vitamins that can slow the progression and help prevent vision loss.
Are you at risk for macular degeneration?
Risk factors for macular degeneration include skin color fair and clear eyes, a family history of macular degeneration, history of smoking, poor cardiovascular health and a history of prolonged exposure to UV rays.
Reduce your risk for macular degeneration?
Prevention is the key. Limit sun exposure and always wear a pair of sunglasses that are rated to block 100 percent of UV rays. A healthy diet food in vibrant colors and maintain cardiovascular health are also important.
Visit VSP.com learn more about macular degeneration and to find an ophthalmologist in your area so you can schedule regular checks.
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