Primary Eyecare of Meridian in Meridian, MS, is the primary optometrist care provider in the metro area, providing high-quality eye examinations. Our optometrists offer macular degeneration treatment and education on risk factors. Whether you need an annual comprehensive eye exam or treatment for a serious eye disease, we provide the optimal eye care experience.
What Is Macular Degeneration?
Macular degeneration is a chronic eye condition that primarily affects the macula, the retina's central portion. The macula is responsible for sharp, central vision, crucial for reading, driving, and recognizing faces. Macular degeneration is one of the leading causes of vision loss in older adults and primarily affects individuals aged 50 and older.
Risk Factors for Developing Macular Degeneration
Many factors determine if macular degeneration is a high risk. It is essential to understand these factors to avoid or treat them before they contribute to macula eyesight problems. Increased risk for development of macular degeneration may be caused by the following:
Symptoms of Macular Degeneration
Symptoms of macular degeneration develop gradually and painlessly, making them hard to identify. If you notice any symptoms, contact our optometrist as soon as possible. Symptoms of macular degeneration include:
- Decreased central vision
- Visual distortions
- Difficulty adjusting to low lights
- Increased blurriness of printed words
- Difficulty recognizing faces
Prevention Measures for Macular Degeneration
Prevention measures for macular degeneration development are sensible, healthy living habits that we all should adopt. From monitoring cardiovascular health to eating foods rich with antioxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids, common sense lifestyle changes can make an incredible difference.
How Our Optometrist Detects Macular Degeneration
At Primary Eyecare of Meridian, your optometrist will perform eye examinations and testing to determine if you have macular degeneration. The following are some methods used to make a diagnosis:
- Family health history
- Comprehensive eye exam
- Autofluorescence photos