Do you know the symptoms of age related macular degeneration (AMD)? Our Poplar Bluff and Sikeston optometrists want to ensure that you do! During the early stages of this eye disease, you may not experience any symptoms at all, particularly if you have the condition in only one eye. Unlike other health problems, AMD does not usually cause pain or other symptoms that you would notice right away. Instead, the symptoms of macular degeneration tend to come about slowly.
AMD is a common eye condition in the United States, according to Bright Focus Foundation, with the condition affecting as many as 11 million people having some form of the disease.
Age related macular degeneration is a condition characterized by breakdown of the macula, which is located at the back of your eye. Your macula is at the center of the light-sensitive tissue lining the inside of your eye, known as the retina. Light enters your eye through your pupil and strikes your retina, which converts the images captured in the light into electrical signals. These signals then travel through the optic nerve to your brain, which translates the signals into the images you see.
AMD occurs when the macula, which contains millions of light-sensing cells, breaks down. This degeneration prevents these cells from sensing the light entering the eyes, so your brain does not receive the information it needs about objects lying at the center of your visual field.
Unlike other parts of the eye, the retina does not directly “feel” pain. This means AMD does not cause pain.
Age related macular degeneration itself does not lead to complete blindness, which is the inability to see anything at all. Rather, AMD causes loss of central vision that makes it hard to see faces, read, drive, cook, or perform everyday activities around your house.
AMD causes a blurry area near the center of your visual field. The blurred spot may get larger over time, or blank spots may appear in your center vision. You might notice that objects do not appear as bright or intense as they once did. In some cases, AMD causes distortion or warping of straight lines. Your eye doctor can help you determine if you have AMD.
If you have AMD, consider macular degeneration treatment in Sikeston or Poplar Bluff with Dr, Obermark Eye Health Care. Call us today to learn more!