Macular Degeneration Is a Leading Cause of Blindness in The United States
Age-related macular degeneration is the most common cause of blindness in adults in the United States. It's not a condition that can be cured, but if it is detected early enough, its progression can be slowed. Here are three things our optometrists at ABC Vision Source in Sherwood, Portland, and Hillsboro want you to know about macular degeneration.
The Symptoms of Macular Degeneration Are Subtle and Confusing
Most people in the early stages of macular degeneration know something is wrong with their vision, but they aren't quite sure what that something is. They may have difficulty reading or making out faces some days, but no problems at all on others.
Most people in the earlier stages of macular degeneration have trouble driving at night. They don't adjust to low light very well. As the condition progresses they develop a condition called metamorphopsia. This condition causes straight lines look wavy or curved for someone in the more advanced stages of macular degeneration.
You Can Slow Down the Progression of Macular Degeneration with Some Help from Your Doctor of Optometry
Everyone who gets macular degeneration doesn't necessarily go blind from it. There are ways to preserve the sight you still have.
If you smoke, quitting is one of the best things you can do for your eyes. This is the single most important thing people with personal history or a family history of macular degeneration can do to slow down the progression of the disease.
There are changes in diet that are clinically proven to help slow down the disease. Your optometrist can give you advice about supplements that are formulated following the results of scientific studies to reduce the risk of this condition.
Your Optometrist Can Give You a Test for Macular Degeneration You Can Take at Home
Your optometrist can give you a take-home screening test called an AmsLer Grid. It takes less than a minute to do a quick test for macular degeneration using the grid. If the results seem to be positive, make an appointment with your optometrist right away. A full exam is essential to ensure you get any necessary treatment.
Make an Appointment with Our Optometrists at ABC Vision Source
ABC Vision Source is your neighborhood eye doctor in Portland, Hillsboro, and Sherwood. Contact us online to request an appointment.