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Macular Degeneration Help in Philadelphia

Macular Degeneration

There are various types of macular degeneration that we help diagnose and treat at our Northeast Philadelphia eye care clinics. However, the most common form is associated with aging, this eye disease is also called age-related macular degeneration (ARMD).

The main symptom of Macular Degeneration is slowly losing vision in the central part of sight. This loss precludes the ability to do many everyday activities, including reading and driving. It also reduces your ability to see intricate details such as small prints and patterns.

The leading cause of vision loss in older Americans, 60 and older, is ARMD. There are two forms of this disease, wet macular degeneration and dry macular degeneration. Both forms affect the central portion of the retina, which is the light-sensitive section located in the back of the eye. This part of the eye processes images and is essentially responsible for sight. The dry form of ARMD is more common than the wet form. In fact, almost 90% of ARMD is the dry form.

The leading cause of losing vision in people over 60 years of age is macular degeneration. There are various risk factors, including smoking, obesity, and exposure to UV rays. Caucasians are at a significantly greater risk for contracting ARMD than African Americans. Additionally, macular degeneration affects women in greater numbers than men and has a genetic component.

What can I do to protect against macular degeneration?

There are a number of ways that we suggest to help protect against macular degeneration. Lifestyle is an important factor. Eating well, diet, and avoiding smoking all play an important factor in eye health. Genetics are also a factor and many times getting this eye disease is simply something you can't avoid. Eating leafy green vegetables such as spinach, kale, and broccoli help provide nutrients that are important to the eye.

For our patients who already have macular degeneration or have drusens on the eye, we suggest taking a vitamin called MacuHealth. This is a vitamin composed of the three vital pigments in the eye, called carotenoids.

  • Lutein- Naturally found in kale, spinach, and turnip
  • Zeaxanthin- Naturally found in kale, spinach, and turnip
  • Meso-zeaxanthin- Naturally found in fresh trout and Salmon skin

Taking these supplements help block out excess blue light from reaching the retina which, in turn, can help protect against developing macular degeneration.