Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a common eye disease that causes the deterioration of the macula, which, in turn, results in the development of blind spots and blurred or distorted vision. What is the macula anyway? The macula is the part of the eye that sees 20/20. It is our central vision. It is also where we see color. If you were to look directly at a face, if you have macular degeneration you might not see any of the details of the face but perhaps the edges of the hair and maybe the ears. The rest of the retina sees 20/40 or less and is where we see black and white and motion detection at night.
When the macula becomes damaged, many daily activities such as driving and reading become increasingly difficult. This is a major limitation to independence as we grow older.
There are basically two kinds of macular degeneration. Wet macular degeneration is a condition where fluid accumulates under the macula. It is considered treatable to manage, but not cure AMD. This many times involves injections in the affected eye. The other type of macular degeneration is referred to as dry MD. This is an accumulation of deposits and debris under the surface of the retina in the macular and perimacular area. This is a slower developing kind of degeneration. It is not curable but Dr. Jones would recommend testing to determine the severity of the degeneration process so as to better monitor progression.
The AREDS 2 study recommended the use of eye vitamins with antioxidants, lutein and zeaxanthin replacing beta-carotene per the study results.
We, at Lifetime Eyecare Solutions, care about you and the health of your eyes. Decisions about your eyes are too important not to be an educated decision. Dr. Jones believes very strongly in educating the patient so you can make the best possible decision for your eyecare. It is the leading cause of vision loss, affecting more than 10 million Americans – more than cataracts and glaucoma combined.