Macular degeneration occurs when the center of the retina is damaged. This part of the retina is called the macula which is the part of the eye that helps you to see fine details. When it is damaged, the vision in the center of your eye blurs or darkens. Tasks like reading and driving sooner or later become impossible. This eye condition is the leading cause of blindness in seniors.
Are you at risk?
The disease is more common in people with a:
- Family history of age-related macular degeneration
- Light complexion and high levels of exposure to bright sunlight
- History of heart disease or lung infection
- History of smoking
What are the symptoms of Macular Degeneration?
- Loss of ability to see objects clearly
- Straight lines appear to be wavy or distorted
- Loss of clear and correct colour vision
- Print appears washed out when reading
- A dark area blocks the vision in the center of your eye
- A grey or white spot appears in the center of your vision
Prevent age-related macular degeneration: The most common cause of blindness
- Avoid smoking
- Eat large amounts of green vegetables
- Eat fish
- Take dietary supplements and antioxidants
- If there is a family history, have a regular eye examination
Get your eyes examined regularly
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