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Macular Degeneration

What is Macular Degeneration?

Macular degeneration is a degenerative condition of the macula. The macula is the part of the retina responsible for the sharp, central vision needed to read or drive. Macular Generation is also called age-related macular Degeneration, AMD, ARMD.

Macular degeneration is a major cause of visual impairment in adults 50 years or older Macular degeneration can make it difficult or impossible to read or recognize faces, although enough peripheral vision remains to allow other activities of daily life.

Symptoms of Macular Degeneration

Some common symptoms of macular degeneration are:

  • blurred vision
  • straight lines appear wavy
  • central vision loss

If you believe you have macular degeneration, visit your doctor and ask for an eye exam. Examinations of the retina will help determine whether or not you have macular degeneration

What Causes Macular Degeneration?

The exact causes of age-related macular degeneration are still unknown. In some cases macular generation may be a result of side effects of prescribed drugs.

Some drugs that may cause macular degeneration are:

  • Aralen
  • Phenothiazine
  • Thorazine
  • Mellaril
  • Prolixin
  • Trilafon
  • Stelazine

Risks of Developing Macular Degeneration

Risk risk factors for macular degeneration are:

Complications of Macular Degeneration

Some complications of macular degeneration are: central vision loss.

Can Macular Degeneration be Prevented?    

There is no known effective prevention.

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