Macular Degeneration occurs when the center of the retina is damaged. This part of the retina is called the macula. The macula is the part of the eye that helps us to see fine details. When it is damaged, the vision in the center of your eye blurs or darkens. Your side vision does not often change. Most people keep enough useful vision to live on their own. But tasks like reading and driving sooner or later become impossible. This eye condition is the leading cause of vision loss in seniors. But as a rule, it does not lead to total blindness.
What Are The Symptoms Of Macular Degeneration?
- Loss of the ability to see objects clearly
- Straight lines appear to be wavy, distorted vision
- Loss of clear and correct color vision
- Print looks washed out while reading
- A dark area blocks the vision in the center of your eye
- A gray or white spot appears in the center of your vision
Having one or more of these symptoms may not mean you have macular degeneration. But, if you have any of these symptoms, you should see your eye doctor right away.
Who Is At Risk For Developing Macular Degeneration?
The disease is more common in people with a:
- Family history of macular degeneration
- History of heart disease or lung infection
- History of smoking