Macular Degeneration

When the Bridgeport eye doctor tells people they have macular degeneration, it's just words to them. It's a vision problem mostly for seniors in which the vision in front of the person, either far or near, is impaired. Peripheral vision, or vision to the sides, is fine. The professionals at Family Vision Center LLC – Stratford want you to know what it is and how it's treated. 

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Anatomy Of The Eye

Imagine you're looking at an old-fashioned Rolodex. The first card corresponds to the eye's cornea. The card directly behind the first is the iris or the colored part o the eye. The next card is the lens directly behind the iris or how what we see is processed.

The next card is the retina over the eyeball. This processes the light and sends vision signals to the brain. The next card is the macula which sees objects straight and clear directly ahead of the person. After all this is the optic nerve.

What Is Macular Degeneration?

To degenerate is to steadily worsen. There are two ways the macula worsens. One is to sprout more blood vessels than there should be, and they begin to leak which is called wet degeneration. The other thins out with age which is called dry degeneration. This is the more common condition.

What Are The Symptoms?

If you look forward and see nothing but darkness, then it's time to see your Bridgeport eye doctor. The shape of things you see will be unclear or wavy. Color won't be easy to see. For example, you might look at your stove, but you won't be able to see the eyes. 

How Is The Condition Treated?

With age-related degeneration, the tissue simply wears out. There is no cure for that. If it's caught in time, wet degeneration can be treated with anti-VEGF injections.

Vascular endothelial growth factor or VEGF means a protein your cells make. They make new blood vessels when necessary to the body. If too many are made, your eyes become damaged.

There is some evidence, though, produced by a National Eye Institute study that using zinc, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, lutein, and zeaxanthin will slow the progression of age-related degeneration. Foods containing lutein and zeaxanthin or antioxidants include eggs and leafy green vegetables. Foods with Vitamins C and E include broccoli and kiwi. You'll find zinc in oysters, crab, lobster, beef shank, and chicken.

Eye problems are so serious that they need to be addressed at the first sign of trouble. Most of us wouldn't know what to do without our sight, but it happens to seniors every day. That's why Family Vision Center LLC – Stratford wants to see you before any eye problems begin.

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