Macular degeneration is the most common cause of blindness for those over 55 years of age. The central part of the retina (the macula) deteriorates, leading to loss of central, or “straight ahead” vision. One or both eyes may be affected.
If you’re 40 or older, you should have annual eye exam to check for macular degeneration.
Ask your ophthalmologist about home testing for signs of further degeneration. A simple home screening device is available from most ophthalmologists.
Talk with your doctor about laser treatments, which may be effective for 10 to 20 percent of those with macular degeneration that’s detected early.
Used with permission from A Year of Health Hints by Don R Powell, PHD and the American Institute for Preventive Medicine, copyright 2010. www.healthylife.com