Ocular Tumors

Macular Degeneration

The macula is the central area of the retina where reading vision is located. The retina is the light sensitive inner lining in the back of the eye that is like the film in a camera. Anatomically, the macula is located in the straight-ahead position of the eye and is the center of the retina. Macular degeneration causes a person's vision to become blurred, distorted, and/or dark in the straight-ahead direction. While macular degeneration rarely causes loss of all visions, it can make daily activities such as reading or driving difficult or impossible.


What cause age-related Macular Degeneration?

Macular degeneration is almost always seen in older people, although in a few families it may start earlier. The prevalence of macular degeneration increases as the population gets older. There is a definite genetic predisposition as shown by studies comparing identical twins and fraternal twins. Other factors that have an effect on the severity of the disease include high-blood pressure and cigarette smoking. It is now the most common cause of legal blindness in retirement-age people in the United States. There are two main forms of macular degeneration: dry and wet.

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