What is Age-Related Macular Degeneration?
Chances are, you’ve heard of macular degeneration. But do you know what the disease actually is? Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a breakdown of the eye’s macula. The macula is a small area in the retina (the light-sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye) that is responsible for your central vision and for allowing you to see fine details clearly. This is the part of the eye that makes it possible for you to thread a needle or read fine print.
Many older people develop macular degeneration as part of the body’s natural aging process, but what are the symptoms and what can be done?
Symptoms of age-related macular degeneration include:
- Blurry distance and/or reading vision
- Need for increasingly bright light in order to see up close
- Colors appear less vivid or bright
- Hazy vision
- Difficulty seeing when going from bright light to low light
- Trouble or inability to recognize people’s faces
- Blank or blurry spot in your central vision
If you are diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration, there are treatment options. A large scientific study (source: aao.org) has shown that antioxidant vitamins and zinc may reduce the impact of macular degeneration in some people by slowing its progression toward more advanced stages. Macro Pro-S is a vitamin supplement providing powerful protection for macular & whole body health. It offers nutrients at levels found to preserve eyesight in the AREDS clinical trial, 10 mg of lutein and over 30 other key ingredients.
South Georgia Eye Partners now carries Macro Pro-S which can be taken by smokers and non-smokers alike (unlike Macro Pro). If you suspect you may be suffering from AMD, please call our office to make an appointment. The sooner treatment begins, the better.