What to Look for If You Suspect You Have Macular Degeneration

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You’re right to be a little concerned about macular degeneration since it is one of the leading causes of

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What to Look for If You Suspect You Have Macular Degeneration :

What to Look for If You Suspect You Have Macular Degeneration

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You’re right to be a little concerned about macular degeneration since it is one of the leading causes of vision loss in America, and it’s difficult to spot without a regular, comprehensive eye exam.   There are two main types of macular degeneration: wet and dry. With wet macular degeneration, blood vessels beneath your retinae have the potential to leak fluid and blood, which can progressively worsen retina damage. Dry macular degeneration is the most common, and causes vision loss through degradation of cells within the macula.

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People 50 years or more old are the most susceptible to these major forms of macular degeneration, and children are prone to a third, minor variation: Stargardt disease. This makes it especially important to not neglect your children’s eye health and get them into regular eye exams with opticians, since they often don’t realize that something is going wrong with their vision.   Catching the disease at an early stage is the best way to prevent and treat it, and a routine eye exam contains the following tests:

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- visual acuity to test vision - “ Amsler Grid” to test the center of vision - Dilation to see the back of the eyes and catch diseases - Fluorescein Angiogram to check for leaking blood vessels   Visit the website to learn more about finding macular degeneration treatment in El Cajon.  

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