Macular Degeneration

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The macula is the part of the retina responsible for color vision and visual acuity, particularly central vision which is necessary for many everyday tasks. Macular degeneration, sometimes called age-related macular degeneration or AMD, is the leading cause of blindness in people over the age of 65. Your risk for macular degeneration is significantly increased if you are a smoker, but genetics, obesity, high blood pressure, and the use of some drugs may also increase your risk.

The eye doctors at California Retina Associates are internationally recognized for the work treating conditions affecting the retina. During you routine retinal exams, we can often detect early signs of macular degeneration and, while there is no cure for this disorder, prompt macular degeneration treatment can be very effective at delaying its progression. Because there is no cure, early detection and prompt intervention is essential for preventing a complete loss of vision.

Symptoms of Macular Degeneration

Symptoms of macular degeneration may include:

  • Difficulties adapting to low light levels or the need for increasingly bright lights when doing close-up work
  • Difficulties recognizing faces
  • A decrease in the brightness of colors
  • Blurry or blind spots in your central vision
  • Generally hazy or unclear vision

The vision loss caused by macular degeneration is usually slow and painless. However, sudden vision loss can be caused by certain types of this disorder. If you are experiencing vision loss or have questions about macular degeneration, please call our San Diego office at 619-425-7755 or our El Centro office at 760-352-7755 to schedule an appointment with one of our retina specialists today.

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Preventing Macular Degeneration

While there is never any guarantee against developing macular degeneration, a substantial amount of research indicates that certain lifestyle choices may be useful in its prevention. These include:

  • Do not smoke – Smoking greatly increases your risk for macular degeneration
  • Eat a well-balanced diet – Fruits and vegetables that are high in antioxidants along with nutrients such as zinc, lutein, and zeaxanthin have been shown to lower the risk and delay the progression of macular degeneration. So too have Omega-3 fatty acids which are found in fish and some dry nuts
  • Maintain a healthy weight – Obesity is a risk factor with macular degeneration
  • Have routine eye examinations – Particularly after the age of 60, having yearly eye exams is important for early detection of macular degeneration and a host of other age-related eye disorders

If you are experiencing central vision loss or simply need to schedule a routine eye examination, please  contact California Retina Associates to schedule an appointment at either our San Diego or El Centro location.

California Retina Associates

Chula Vista Office
835 Third Avenue, Suite A
Chula Vista, CA 91911

El Centro Office
1452 South La Brucherie, Suite A
El Centro, CA 92243

La Mesa Office
8851 Center drive, Suite 406
La Mesa, CA 91942