What to look for
Blank spots in your central field of vision; straight lines that appear wavy.
Dim or distorted vision, especially while you are reading.
Gradual, painless loss of precise central vision.
These symptoms normally do not appear in people under the age of 55, this disease is referred to as a age-related macular degeneration (A R M D). Macular degeneration may has already affected your central vision if you are over the age of 65. There are some sufferers of this disease that maintain there functional side or peripheral, vision throughout life. Wet and dry are the two disorders that occurs. A R M D requires immediate medical attention, if there is any delay in treatment it may lead to the loss of your central vision.
Macular degeneration is the scarring of the macula, it is a spot about 1/16 inches in diameter at the center of the retina. The job of the macula is to help you read, watch television, sew, drive.... anything that requires you to focuses, straight-ahead vision. However the rest of the retina can still continue to process images to the sides of your field of vision, the scarring distorts or obscures the part of the central image that your eye transmitted to your brain.
In the dry form of A R M D there are tiny yellow deposits that develops beneath the macula, signaling a degeneration and thinning of nerve tissue. There are a very small number of cases that develops in the wet, or neovascular, a form of A R M D, in this there is a abnormal blood vessel growth beneath the macula. These vessels leaks blood and fluid onto the retina, then the retinal cells die, and this causes blurs and blank spot in your field of vision.
The older you get the more susceptible you are to A R M D, especially if there is a history of this disorder in your family. The other risk factors are high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, nutritional deficiencies, heart disease and diabetes. When you get a routine eye exam your eye specialist will inspect the macula. This is a painless photographic procedure, fluorescein angiography, will show the patterns of your eye’s blood vessels and then they can detect any abnormalities.
Alternative treatments that are attempt to help restore the nutrient deficiencies, this can damage the macula.
Herbal Therapies: by taking bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) extract may help the collagen structure of your retina and help strengthen and reinforce your body. Take this daily.
To help you guard against damage to your macula try dried ginkgo (ginkgo biloba), by free radicals, unstable molecules found in the body that can harm cells
Macular degeneration is not reversible, people with dry A R M D are compensated with large-print publications and magnifying lenses for everyday activities. And wet A R M D may be treated with laser surgery and it may be very successfully. Both of theses forms responds well to eye treatment as well as to alternative remedies.
The one that can not be cured is the more common dry macular degeneration, but they can keep it form getting worse. And for the wet form, the surgical procedure called laser photocoagulation helps destroys the leaking blood vessels that have grown under the macula, delaying the damaging effects to your vision. Before the leakage from a abnormal blood vessels causes irreversible damage the procedure must be done.
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