Published: Jan 11, 2018
Everyone knows of the iris and cornea. But what about the macula? Though it’s one of the smallest parts of the eye (5mm in diameter), the macula plays a significant role in the vision needed to read, write, and even recognize faces. It’s also extraordinarily common for the macula to become damaged as we age, which can ultimately lead to a condition known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
A Closer Look at AMD
Two types of AMD exist: dry and wet. The former is much more common, and occurs when parts of the macula become thinner causing one to lose their central vision. Wet AMD, while less common, is more serious and occurs when abnormal blood vessels leak fluid and scar the macula. Vision loss resulting from AMD tends to be gradual and painless, and most don’t notice until their vision has become notably blurry.
As its name implies, AMD is more common among older adults; for adults over the age of 60, the rate is one in eight, and one in three for those over 80. And while there are some treatments that exist for AMD, they don’t wholly cure the condition. This makes it imperative that older adults schedule regular examinations so that an ophthalmologist can detect problems before they become severe.
Additionally, there are steps older adults can take to reduce their risk of macular degeneration or advanced AMD. Be sure that your loved one consults a physician before incorporating any of the tips into his or her lifestyle.
AMD Risk Reduction Tips
Comfort Keepers® Can Help
If your aging loved one is faced with age-related macular degeneration or other vision problems, let him or her know that that the compassionate, professional team at Comfort Keepers® is ready to help. Our caregivers can provide assistance with everything from light housekeeping to mobility assistance.
We’ll work to promote a healthy, independent lifestyle for your loved one, and even provide safe transportation – whether he or she needs to get to an ophthalmologist appointment or just to the grocery store. If you want to learn more about Comfort Keepers’ services and how we can make a difference in your loved one’s life, contact your local office today.
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National Eye Institute. “Facts About Age-Related Macular Degeneration.” Web. 2018.
MedicineNet. “Macular Degeneration” by Andrew A. Dahl, MD, FACS. Web. 2018.