Tuesday, 03 February 2015 15:13

February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month

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Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a deterioration or breakdown of the eye's macula. The macula is a small area in the retina — the light-sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye. The macula is the part of the retina that is responsible for your central vision, allowing you to see fine details clearly.

Many older people develop macular degeneration as part of the body's natural aging process. There are different kinds of macular problems, but the most common is age-related macular degeneration.

With macular degeneration, you may have symptoms such as blurriness, dark areas or distortion in your central vision, and perhaps permanent loss of your central vision. It usually does not affect your side, or peripheral vision.

For example, with advanced macular degeneration, you could see the outline of a clock, yet may not be able to see the hands of the clock to tell what time it is.

If this sounds all too familiar its time for a comprehensive eye exam.

The physicians at Mid Atlantic Eye Physicians are here to help guide you every step of the way. Call today for an appointment and be sure to tell our staff that you have some of these symptoms.