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Macular Degeneration

What is Macular Degeneration and How Can I Treat It?

What Is Macular Degeneration It Is There A Cure?

Are you currently suffering from macular degeneration? This is a condition that tends to get very bad over time. It is a disease that happens within your eyes, causing you to have a blank spot directly ahead of you, caused by the degeneration of the retina. If this is addressed early enough, the condition can be maintained although there is no actual cure. There have been some studies that have shown promise, we will present these ideas, as well as what you can expect if you decide to visit a local optometrist that may be able to help you.

Understanding Macular Degeneration

The first thing that should be stated is that there is no actual understanding of how this begins or why it even exists. Researchers shown that environmental factors, along with heredity, play a large role in its appearance. They have also attributed smoking, the type of diet that you have, and obesity to factor in. It can develop in people of all different ages. There are some cures and treatments have been proposed that your or optometrist may be able to with.

Is There A Cure?

There is no cure to date for macular degeneration. Once you have it, it’s just going to slowly progress and get worse. There are some natural supplements that have been recommended, along with growth factor medications that seem to have anti-vascular beneficial properties. Some people are recommended eating bananas, or really any type of fruit that has vitamin C, because they contain antioxidants. The same is true for those that recommend omega-3 fatty acids. It is thought that these can contribute to preventing this condition from occurring or getting worse. Your doctor may recommend certain medications including Avastin, Lucentis, and Eylea. Once you are taking these medications, they can monitor your condition, and make adjustments along the way.

If you do suffer from macular degeneration, you will likely not go blind, mature vision will be impaired. If you have notice that you are seeing spots in front of you, it might be time to see an optometrist for a check-up. They can determine if you are experiencing this condition, and you may also want to set an appointment with your local physician. The earlier that you act, the quicker you will be able to deal with this condition effectively. Although there is no cure, you may be able to prevent it from getting worse. See an Eye Doctor today to set an appointment.

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