Macular Degeneration 1

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness among Americans 65 and older. Dr. Edward Hill begins a two-part look at the condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Macular degeneration is a deterioration or breakdown of the eyes macula. The macula is a small area in the retinathe light-sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye. The macula is the part of the retina that is responsible for your central vision, allowing you to see fine details clearly.

There are different kinds of macular problems, but the most common is age-related macular degeneration.

With macular degeneration, you may have symptoms such as blurriness, dark areas or distortion in your central vision, and perhaps permanent loss of your central vision. It usually does not affect your side, or peripheral vision.

Causes of macular degeneration include the formation of deposits called drusen under the retina, and in some cases, the growth of abnormal blood vessels under the retina. With or without treatment, macular degeneration alone almost never causes total blindness.

Many people are not aware that they have macular degeneration until they have a noticeable vision problem or until it is detected during an eye examination.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.