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What is Macular Degeneration?

POSTED ON December 27, 2013

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As the leading cause of blindness in Americans 65 and older, it is important to know the term “age-related macular degeneration” (AMD). Macular degeneration is defined as a retinal degenerative disease that erodes your central, sharp vision. AMD is a natural process that can occur with age.  Those who have developed AMD must cope with blurred and blacked out vision that can lead to blindness. Photo courtesy: ...

As the leading cause of blindness in Americans 65 and older, it is important to know the term “age-related macular degeneration” (AMD). Macular degeneration is defined as a retinal degenerative disease that erodes your central, sharp vision. AMD is a natural process that can occur with age.  Those who have developed AMD must cope with blurred and blacked out vision that can lead to blindness.

macular degeneration

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Symptoms that  arise are distortion, blurred vision and permanent loss of sight. There are steps you can take to help prevent the degenerative process. Eating certain foods high in beta-carotene and vitamin A can help reduce the risk.

Many people are not aware that they have macular degeneration until symptoms begin to arise. With about 1.75 million U.S. residents suffering from macular degeneration, it is important to schedule your yearly eye exam to catch early signs of degenerative diseases.

Dr. Tavel has 19 convenient locations  around Indiana to help serve your vision needs. With a new year right around the corner, it is the perfect time to get a head start on your eye health checklist.

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