Macular Degeneration Progression
Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in people over the age of 65. This age-related disorder cannot be treated, but it can be managed when caught early on. With proper management, macular degeneration may produce minor vision disruptions, but is unlikely to cause complete vision loss.
A recent study published in JAMA Ophthalmology suggests that patients who suffer from macular degeneration in one eye often experience an accelerated progression of the disease in the other eye. Data collected from over 4,350 patients found that treatment was effective at slowing the progression of macular degeneration in the first eye effected. However, treatment was not as effective on the second eye, which often saw rapid progression of this vision-stealing disorder.
Because those who have macular degeneration in one eye are more likely to develop it in the other, taking steps to reduce your risks remains one of your best options. You can reduce your risks for macular degeneration by refraining from smoking, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining routine eye examinations.
If you are experiencing any vision disruptions, please contact California Retina Associates to schedule an appointment at our Chula Vista or El Centro office.