There are a wide range of problems that can impact one’s vision health. Macular degeneration is an eye disease that impacts over 11 million Americans. Macular degeneration impacts the macula of the eye. The macula is a part of the retina that is responsible for achieving sharp vision. When the macula experiences degeneration, it can cause a loss of vision.
How does macular degermation impact vision?
In the earlier stages, macular degeneration may be forming and may not result in any vision changes. However, if left untreated, patients may experience blurred vision as the condition progresses. As the condition worsens, patients will experience the loss of their central vision, and may be considered legally blind. Th rest of the retina may still be working properly, causing patients to lose vision in the center of the eye but maintain peripheral, or side, vision.
Can macular degeneration be cured?
Even with continued research, macular degeneration continues to be an incurable eye disease. However, patients may have some options available to them for treatment that can help restore some of their vision. At Thom Eye and Laser Clinic, patients can ask about some solutions to address their condition, including medications, corrective lenses, and even laser surgeries.
Will macular degeneration cause total blindness?
The macula is only responsible for a portion of your eyesight. In cases where the condition progresses into the later stages, patients will experience blurry central vision. If the retina is not impacted, patients will have clear vision in the peripheral line of sight. Regardless, the later stages of macular degeneration can cause patients to fall in the category or “legally blind,” impacting their ability to see clearly and perform simple tasks properly.
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Dr. Steve Thom and his team at Thom Eye and Laser Clinic are here to educate patients on caring for their eyes and offer premier eye care solutions. If you live in the area of Fargo, ND and want to work with the best ophthalmologist in the community, we welcome you to book a consultation today by calling (701) 235-5200. The practice is conveniently located at 2601 University Drive S.