What Is Macular Degeneration?

by admin on 20/10/2011

Many people ask the question what is macular degeneration?  Macular degeneration happens when a person, usually elderly, begins to lose central vision due to the cells of the macula portion of the eyeball degenerating.  Central vision is when a person looks straight ahead, it is everything in that line of vision that is known as central, not to be confused with peripheral vision which is the side vision.


Macular Degeneration treatment  is slim to none, and there is no cure.  Some patients’ vision can be helped with a laser procedure, however, once the macula is degenerated, central vision is mostly never recovered.  Meanwhile, an Ophthalmologist may recommend specific vitamin supplements that slow the progression of the eye disease.

This is why frequent checks to an Ophthalmologist are important for a comprehensive examination.  It is also very important for a patient to document any odd changes in vision prior to their next doctor’s appointment.  If the vision problems come on fast and painfully, patients should see the Ophthalmologist immediately.

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For patients with macular degeneration, they will not have the ability to use eyeglasses to get 20/20 vision as time progresses and the degeneration worsens.  Therefore, even though an eye doctor has refracted them for an eyeglasses prescription, the patient must understand that the eyewear won’t cause them to ‘see better’, but only enhance the good vision that they have retained.

Because the vision in macular degeneration patients can get extreme, there are visual enhancements that assist in vision for specific patients that are being sold on the market such as 2.1X Eschenbach Max TV Glasses Distance Viewing and other visual aids such as magnifiers for everyday activities such as reading.


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