Macular degeneration affects more than 10 million Americans and is one of the leading causes of severe vision loss for those ages 55 and older.
It is a deterioration or breakdown of the macula, a small area in the retina at the back of the eye that allows you to see fine details clearly. When the macula does not function correctly, blurriness, dark areas or distortion can affect your central vision. Macular degeneration affects your ability to see near and far, and can make many activities, such as reading and driving, difficult or impossible.
Many older people develop macular degeneration as part of the body’s natural aging process. There are 2 types of macular problems, Dry and Wet. Most patients have the Dry form which progresses slowly. The Wet form occurs in approximately 10% of patients and can cause a sudden loss of vision. Risk factors for macular degeneration can include family history, smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity and having light eye color.
Early detection is critical to treating macular degeneration. Dr. Richard Adler, board certified Ophthalmologist and a specialist in macular degeneration, strongly urges patients to have regular, routine eye exams to make early detection possible.
For more information and to schedule your eye exam with Dr. Richard Adler, please call 410.296.0414.