February is Macular Degeneration Awareness Month

Macular degeneration is leading cause of blindness in individuals 65 and older.  Macular degeneration is the degeneration of the macula which is the part of the retina that is responsible for sharp central vision, the vision needed for driving and reading.  Your eye doctor can detect and diagnose macular degeneration.  Yellow spots developing on the macula, called drusen, is a sign of the deterioration.  There are two forms of the disease, dry and wet.  The dry form is the more typical, and less severe form of the disease.  The most important thing you can do is get regular comprehensive eye exams.  During the exam our staff will take digital photos of the back of your eyes.   These photos will chronicle any changes that occur in your eyes over time.  Our doctor can discuss how to lower your risk, treatment options, and suggest at home tests to detect any early signs of the disease.

Below are some links for more information on macular degeneration.

View our past blog topic about Macular Degeneration

Take the at home screening

All About Vision – Macular Degeneration