Learn more about macular degeneration
Macular degeneration refers to the deterioration of the macula, the small central area of the retina in your eye which controls visual acuity. It is the most common cause of blindness. The early stages of macular degeneration does not affect vision but if the disease progresses, you may experience wavy, blurred or a complete loss of vision.
There are two types of macular degeneration and they are as follows:
The dry type affects almost 80-90 per cent of individuals suffering from age-related macular degeneration. If allowed to progress, this can deteriorate your vision.
Wet macular degeneration affects approximately 10-15 per cent of people, and most cases account for severe vision loss from this disease. The abnormal blood vessels under the retina tend to break and bleed, in turn damaging the macula.
You are likely to see signs of macular degeneration and some of the symptoms include:
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Age is a common risk factor behind macular degeneration and it may occur during middle age. Other reasons to get this disease include smoking, obesity and high blood pressure.