Macular Degeneration

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What is the Macular?

The macular is the sensitive area within the central retina at the back of the eye. It is important for detailed vision such as small print and seeing faces.

Macular degeneration

In some people, as they get older, this area loses its ability to function properly. There is currently no treatment for the majority of cases. Consequently, in macular degeneration, there is a loss in the detailed central vision.

Current research is still learning a lot about the progression of macular degeneration. In some it may stabilize at an insignificant stage, and in others it may progress to make vision difficult to use. Macular degeneration never affects the side vision.

Risk factors of Macular Degeneration

Other than age there are a number of risk factors that can increase the risk of developing macular degeneration
Vascular disease
UV damage
Diets lacking in leafy green vegetables
Blue eyes

In order to reduce the risk of macular degeneration, we recommend a healthy diet (with a good supply of leafy green vegetables), wear UV protection and avoid smoking.

There are supplements available containing the antioxidants which help protect against these changes. These supplements are not suitable for everyone, in particular smokers must not take them. It is advised to check with your GP before you start using any supplements.