Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration is a vision disorder caused by abnormalities in a portion of the eye’s retina called the macula. Early symptoms of AMD are blurred central vision and a waviness of straight lines. This may progress to blind spots, affecting reading, TV watching and many other pleasures of independent living.

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Age is the single greatest risk factor for macular degeneration.

Other factors that can increase a person’s risk for macular degeneration include:

  • older age
  • family history of macular degeneration
  • diet high in vegetable oils and/or animal (but not fish) fat
  • cigarette smoking
  • elevated blood pressure
  • high body mass index

Regular eye exams are important for maintaining healthy vision.