Macular degeneration is a serious eye disease which is easily screened for during a comprehensive eye exam. At Chicago Vision Club, our optometrist in Chicago IL can screen your eyes for macular degeneration and provide appropriate care, if necessary.
Macular degeneration is actually a collective term for several different eye diseases. What they all have in common is that they all effect the macula, which is part of the retina. The macula and retina are found at the back of the eye, but can be easily seen during a dilated eye exam using special optometric instruments. The most common form of macular degeneration is age-related macular degeneration. It commonly affects people over age 60. This disease can be either in the wet or the dry form. Wet age-related macular degeneration is a very aggressive eye problem and calls for immediate treatment. Dry age-related macular degeneration is a slowly progressing disease, which can be carefully monitored at our vision practice by our optometrist in Chicago IL. Macular degeneration destroys central vision, which is made possible by the macula. Macular degeneration affects about 15 million people in the US. The effects of age-related macular degeneration cannot be reversed. So the best way to approach macular degeneration is to control the risk factors that can contribute to vision loss. Our optometrist will provide you with complete information on how to do this, to keep your eyes healthy. Macular degeneration can run in families. You have an increased risk of developing the disease if you have a history of smoking, are over age 55, have low macular pigment, have light colored skin and eyes, are female, have had unprotected exposure to sunlight, are obese, and eat a poor diet. For advanced care, you will be referred to an ophthalmologist who specializes in the area.
For an appointment to see our optometrist in Chicago IL for a macular degeneration screening, contact us today.