Despite it being the leading cause of vision loss in people aged 50 and above, there are still a lot of myths circulating about age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Advanced Eyecare Consultants, your local optometrist, debunks the most common myths below.
Only Older People Are at Risk for Macular Degeneration
The main cause of macular degeneration is the deterioration of the central portion of the retina, which is located at the back of the eye and is responsible for sending images to your brain. Age-related macular degeneration is common in older people, but there are other forms of macular degeneration that can affect younger people, such as Stargardt disease and myopic macular degeneration. Not to mention aside from age, there are several complex factors that can increase your risk for macular degeneration, such as genetics and environmental factors.
You’ll Know if You’re Suffering From Macular Degeneration
Unfortunately, macular degeneration is difficult to detect in its early stages. It’s not until the more advanced stages that symptoms such as blurry vision and sensitivity to light start to appear. That’s why older people should frequently see their eye doctor for eye exams. An optometrist can detect changes related to age-related macular degeneration before the condition progresses.
Macular Degeneration Causes Blindness
What if you’re suffering from macular degeneration? Does that mean you’ll go blind? Macular degeneration will cause vision loss, but it’ll mostly be in your central vision—your peripheral or side vision is usually unaffected.
There Is No Treatment for Macular Degeneration
While medical researchers have yet to find a cure for macular degeneration, there are several treatments for different kinds of macular degeneration. There are also devices that can help you adapt to the condition. To learn more about these devices and your treatment options, consult your local eye doctor.
Advanced Eyecare Consultants offer a wide range of professional eye care services. To schedule an appointment, call us at (847) 485-1658 or (847) 680-8484 or contact us here. We serve homeowners in Barrington, IL, as well as the surrounding communities.