Macular Degeneration

Age-Related Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of severe vision loss in adults over age 50. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 1.8 million people have AMD and another 7.3 million are at substantial risk for vision loss from AMD.

The macula is the part of the retina that is responsible for central, detailed vision. Degeneration can occur in two forms: “dry” or atrophic, and “wet” or exudative. There is no current treatment for the dry form of macular degeneration. There has been some success in treating wet macular degeneration with injections to the eye or laser procedures, but symptoms must be caught early.

Common symptoms of macular degeneration are: a gradual loss of ability to see objects clearly, distorted vision, a gradual loss of color vision, or a dark or empty area appearing in the center of vision.

Risk factors for developing macular degeneration include:

  • Caucasian race
  • Blue eyes
  • History of smoking
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Ultraviolet exposure

Because vision lost to macular degeneration cannot be restored, Vision Rehabilitation Associates is committed to educating our patients about the condition, and helping them to modify the risk factors that contribute to the disease. Researchers have linked eye-friendly nutrients such as lutein/zeaxanthin, vitamin C, vitamin E, and zincto reducing the risk of certain eye diseases, including macular degeneration. We offer comprehensive risk assessments for Macular Degeneration, as well as nutrition counseling and nutrition supplementation for those most at risk.

If you or a loved one already has active Macular Degeneration, we also offer Low Vision Evaluations to help patients continue activities they enjoy. Telescopic and microscopic lenses can be prescribed in most cases to maximize existing vision.