Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) Signs
The most common cause of loss of vision is the onset of age-related macular degeneration. Age-related macular degeneration is also commonly referred to as AMD or ARMD. What exactly is ARMD? ARMD is a progressive condition that leads to loss of vision in the central vision, as well as the peripheral vision. The majority of people who suffer from ARMD are over age 60.
ARMD can be diagnosed in two ways
Either a doctor can take a blood test that will indicate the levels of beta-carotene and other nutrients that are in your blood or a drusen stain which can be used to indicate the number of retinoids in your manual. If you have high levels of these nutrients in your blood, then you are at an increased risk of macular degeneration. In addition to the normal risks of having age, having ARMD increases your risks of suffering eye damage due to cataracts and other glaucoma conditions.
Age related macular degeneration is the result of damage to the photoreceptors in the macula
The cells that make up the photoreceptors in the macula are called photoreceptors. The cells that produce the images of light and color to our eyes are called rods and cones. Together, the rods and cones from the retina contain the necessary nerves to allow us to see.
Due to the damage to the photoreceptors in the macula, there is a problem with the information that is being sent to the brain. When this problem is not treated, the messages that the brain receives may not match the information that is being sent. As a result, you may experience blurry vision, problems with seeing in dim light, and/or problems seeing in bright light.
As you get older, the part of the nervous system that controls the eyes becomes less effective and efficient
This means that you have a greater risk of developing a dry form. The dry form can cause blurry vision, halos, and blind spots. This condition often occurs when you are at a place where there is very little motion. Some people may even notice that their vision becomes worse during certain weather conditions such as storm or bright sun.
Age-related macular degeneration can be slow or quick
With dry form, it usually begins slowly over time. It is known that about 85% of people with macular degeneration experience vision loss over a period of time. Typically, the symptoms of dry form do not appear right away. However, they can become more apparent if you do not treat the condition.
- People who suffer from dry form of macular degeneration may notice that their vision blurs in the distance
- They may also experience a reduction in sharpness and clarity
- The centerfield of vision may become blurred as well
- In some cases, the center field of vision may become blurred while other people’s vision may become less clear
At any rate, anyone who experiences the above symptoms should see a vision care practitioner
If you do have a dry form of macular degeneration, you need to learn as much as you can about this vision condition and about the ways to treat it. By doing so, you can help slow the onset of age-related macular degeneration in its tracks.
Some people do not experience dry conditions
Instead, they may experience a greasy feel to their eyes. This does not mean that they do not have dry vision. Rather, people who have greasy, watery eyes are at risk for developing macular degeneration. You should try to avoid catching it early if you do not want to have your vision impaired.
As you can see, having a dry form of macular degeneration does not necessarily mean you will have the disease. It is just a symptom that you might develop or experience if you do have the disease. If you do develop the condition, however, you will most likely have problems seeing. Therefore, you need to find ways to reverse the dry form of the disease.
There are some things you can do to reverse the onset of age-related macular degeneration
For instance, you can go on an anti-vegf treatment that will make your eyes less sensitive to light. This should reverse the dry form of the disease and help you see better. There are also medicines you can take that will reverse the dry form of the disease. However, these medicines are not for everyone and should be used under a doctor’s care.
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