As part of the aging process, your vision can change. While close up words on a page becoming blurry is considered part and parcel of getting older, there are other vision changes that are indicative of more severe issues. For this reason, it’s essential to see your eye doctor for comprehensive exams as recommended. At the office of IC Laser, we provide skilled and experienced care to protect the health of your eyes and the quality of your vision.
Did you know that macular degeneration is the most common cause of vision loss among people aged 65 years or older? According to the National Eye Institute, over two million adults in the United States have age-related macular degeneration, and that number is expected to double within the next thirty years.
Unfortunately, macular degeneration is a progressive disease that affects the cells in the back part of your eye. As the condition becomes more advanced, it compromises your capacity for sharp, central vision and impairs your ability to see objects that are straight ahead. With macular degeneration, it becomes increasingly difficult to perform such simple tasks as reading or writing, and diminishes one’s ability to recognize faces or colors.
In it’s earliest stage, macular degeneration can cause you to see shadowy, fuzzy or distorted areas in your central vision. However, in individuals with advanced cases of macular degeneration there is a more profound loss of central vision, while peripheral vision is retained
Although there is no known cure for macular degeneration, with the help of our office, there are things that you can do to decrease your risk of the disease and to manage or slow its progression. The good news is that with ongoing research into the causes and treatment of macular degeneration, there is hope on the horizon for breakthroughs in more effective methods of treatment as well as a cure.
At the office of IC Laser, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our practice and the many services we provide, give our office a call today.