Preserve Your Vision; Protect Your Macula
Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) is a complicated word used by doctors to describe the leading cause of vision loss in Canada and the U.S. What they are referring to is one of the natural aging processes of a part of your eye called the ‘macula’ which is responsible for interpreting the light signals from objects directly in the middle of your field of view.
Over time, damage from smoking or other types of exposure can cause the light receptors in the macula to deteriorate. This can cause blurred vision that is particularly noticeable when you try to focus on an object in the middle of your field of view. Due to the condition’s slow and silent nature, it usually goes unnoticed until ARMD’s reaches its later stages.
Fortunately, there are many positive lifestyle changes that can be made that will not only improve your general health, but prevent or slow the progression of ARMD. Among them are; quitting smoking, consuming a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids and anti-oxidants, as well as undergoing routine eye-exams.
During a routine eye exam your doctor will screen you for signs of this disease by using a scope that allows him to see potential warning signs on the back of the eye.
If your doctor believes your vision loss is due to ARMD, there exists a wide range of treatment options available to you. From vitamin supplementation, to miniature implantable telescopes; your optometrist/ophthalmologist will help find a solution that works for you.