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Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration affects your ability to see near and far, and can make some activities — like threading a needle or reading — difficult or impossible. Although macular degeneration reduces vision in the central part of the retina, it usually does not affect the eye’s side, or peripheral vision.

Many older people develop macular degeneration as part of the body’s natural aging process. There are different kinds of macular problems, but the most common is age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Macular degeneration is the leading cause of severe vision loss in Caucasians over 65.

What Are the Symptoms of Macular Degeneration?
Macular degeneration can cause different symptoms in different people. Sometimes only one eye loses vision while the other eye continues to see well for many years.

Following are some common ways vision loss is detected:
• words on a page look blurred;
• dark or empty area appears in the center of vision.

How Is Macular Degeneration Diagnosed?
Many people do not realize that they have a macular problem until blurred vision becomes obvious. Your ophthalmologist (Eye M.D.) can detect early stages of AMD during a medical eye examination.

Retinal Tears or Detachments

A Retinal Detachment occurs when the retina is pulled away from its normal position. The retina does not work when it is detached. Vision is blurred, like a camera picture would be blurry if the film were loose inside the camera. A Retinal Detachment is a very serious problem that almost always causes blindness unless it is treated.

Early treatment is essential in preventing vision loss caused by retinal tears or detachments.

Learn the warning signs! You are at greater risk if you are very nearsighted, have had a detachment before or have a family history of this problem. Prompt attention is imperative in preventing vision loss.

What are the warning symptoms of retinal detachment?
Call your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following:

• your vision becomes blurry;
• flashing lights;
• new floaters;
• your vision changes after a sharp blow to the eye.
• a gray curtain moving across your field of vision

These symptoms do not always mean a retinal detachment is present; however, you should see your ophthalmologist as soon as possible if they occur.

What treatment is needed?

Retinal tears
Most retinal tears need to be treated with laser surgery or cryotherapy (freezing), which seals the retina to the back wall of the eye. These treatments cause little or no discomfort and may be performed in your ophthalmologist's office.

Retinal detachments
Almost all patients with retinal detachments require surgery to put the retina back in its proper place.



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