Macular Degeneration – Clavenna Vision Institute

Serving Patients in Troy, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Clawson and Royal Oak, MI

Macular degeneration is the most common cause of vision loss in the United States. It usually affects people over the age of 65 but can occasionally strike earlier. The macula is the most sensitive part of your retina. The retina lines the back of the eye like film in a camera. In macular degeneration the central vision gradually deteriorates and in the worst cases there is a blank area in the center of vision leaving one with only peripheral vision.

The underlying causes of macular degeneration are still being worked out. We do know that people are at increased risk if they have advancing age, a family history of macular degeneration, smoke cigarettes, and have cardiovascular disease. We also believe that not wearing eye protection such as sunglasses when outdoors and a poor diet increase ones risk of developing macular degeneration. Those with the disease should also monitor their vision with an amsler grid on a daily basis and notify their doctor immediately if it changes. See the distorted Amsler grid to the left.

How Can I Prevent Macular Degeneration?

We recommend that every Birmingham patient over the age of 60 have annual dilated eye exams to check for signs of this common disease. If you have been diagnosed already you need to be checked every six months.

Our eye experts at Clavenna Vision Institute do have treatments for macular degeneration but the emphasis should and is on prevention.

Prevention methods:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Take a multivitamin every day is recommended
  • Eat a healthy diet rich in green leafy vegetables and carrots

Recent research shows that Omega 3 fatty acids may prevent macular degeneration by 35%. If you have been diagnosed with macular degeneration you should be taking Vitamins according to the AREDS study. This study showed that if you take the right vitamins and have macular degeneration, you can reduce your chances of vision loss by about 30% .

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