Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration, referred to as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), is a leading cause of vision loss affecting more than 11 million people in the United States. AMD does not cause complete blindness, but blurs the central vision of varying degrees, making it difficult to read, see faces, or drive.

Is Macular Degeneration hereditary?

Yes, if you have a close relative (parent or sibling) with Macular Degeneration, the risk is three to four times greater. On the plus side, knowing that the disease runs in your family gives you a head start when it comes to prevention.

Macular Degeneration Decatur GA

At Specs Appeal, we check for early signs of AMD as part of every comprehensive eye exam. Digital Retinal Imaging and iWellness OCT scan (link to description page of state-of-the art technology) assist greatly in early detection to prevent permanent vision loss. Make your appointment today.
According to the National Eye Institute, the risk for Macular Degeneration increases with age and may be a combination of family genes and environmental factors, including smoking, obesity, and diet. 

How can I lower my risk for AMD?

  • Stop smoking (or don't start)
  • Get regular exercise
  • Have a diet that includes dark leafy green vegetables and fish
  • Control blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • Consider taking an AREDS nutritional supplement (vitamins C and E, lutein, and zeaxanthin, zinc, β- carotene)

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