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Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration refers to an eye condition that can progressively worsen. Primarily affecting people as they age, it initially causes blurred vision but can lead to vision loss in severe cases. If you live or work in and around Little Rock, North Little Rock, or Sherwood, our team at Family Eye Clinic can help identify and, if necessary, assist you with managing this eye disease.

Macular Degeneration

What is Macular Degeneration?

Macular degeneration, also known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), predominantly affects the macula, an essential portion of the eye's retina responsible for central vision. This includes the ability to see finer details needed to recognize faces, etc. There are two types of AMD that require proactive eye disease management by an eye doctor:

1. Dry AMD (Non-neovascular AMD): This type involves the slow breakdown of macula cells, gradually altering vision and making it challenging to complete tasks that require sharp vision.

2. Wet AMD (Neovascular AMD): This is a more severe form where abnormal growth of the retina's blood vessels damages the macula, leading to a blind central spot or wavy/distorted vision.

What Causes Macular Degeneration?

The exact cause of macular degeneration is not completely known, but common factors include:

  • Age, with AMD becoming more prevalent in individuals aged fifty or older
  • Family history, which may increase the risk
  • Higher prevalence among Caucasians
  • Smoking, considered a major avoidable risk factor
  • Poor diet lacking antioxidants and zinc, which may contribute to age-related AMD
  • Certain medical conditions that increase the risk

Currently, AMD has no cure, but routine eye care and examinations can help slow its progression and manage symptoms. Treatment options include medications, laser therapy, and in certain cases, surgery. Early detection through routine eye exams is crucial for effectively managing AMD and preserving vision. Lifestyle adjustments such as quitting smoking, maintaining a balanced diet, and protecting your eyes from UV light can help reduce the risk or slow the progression of AMD.

Visit an Optometrist for Eye Care Near You

If you suspect you have AMD or have a family history of the condition, it's essential to consult a professional eye doctor or specialist for proper evaluation and management. Contact Family Eye Clinic, located in Little Rock, North Little Rock, and Sherwood, AR, at 501-835-7800 (Sherwood), 501-888-7533 (Little Rock), 501-758-1015 (North Little Rock), or online.