The Signs of Macular Degeneration
Aging has an effect on the entire body including the eyes. It is important to be aware of any changes in your vision that could indicate an underlying problem, more specifically, macular degeneration. Taking action is imperative to prevent further vision loss. The macula is the central portion of the retina, which is responsible for seeing the world in fine detail. At Eyesite of Boynton Beach, we would like to educate you about macular degeneration and when to see an optometrist for an eye exam.
The Symptoms of Macular Degeneration
You can expect your vision to change as you get older, but it is important to pay attention to any symptoms that seem out of the ordinary. You may notice that straight lines appear wavy or distorted, you could need more extra lights to read, or there may be an increased difficulty while reading fine print. Blurred central vision can quickly become dangerous, especially during outdoor activities or driving. Other signs of macular degeneration include:
- Dark spots in your central vision
- Increased light sensitivity
- Colors appear less vibrant
- Difficulty recognizing familiar faces
The Importance of A Comprehensive Eye Exam
Many eye-related conditions have no early warning signs and macular degeneration is one of them. While there is no cure, it can be managed easier with early intervention. Individuals that have a higher risk include those over 40, smokers, having pre-existing conditions such as obesity or cardiovascular disease, and if you have a family history. A dilated eye exam allows our eye doctors to get a closer look at the macula. Early detection and treatment of macular degeneration can preserve your vision longer.
Visit Our Optometrists in Boynton Beach, FL
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms we have mentioned, make an appointment with one of our optometrists at Eyesite of Boynton Beach. Dr. Garlick and Dr. Dupuy diagnose and treat a variety of vision-related conditions. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an exam, call us today at (561) 738-0111.