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Age Related Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration affects the macula at the back of the eyes. The macula is what we use for our fine detailed central vision. When you are looking at a person’s facial features, reading a sign or a book, you are using your macula. Macular Degeneration causes a reduction of this fine detailed vision. The condition spares the peripheral vision (side vision).

There are two forms of Macular Degeneration a "dry" often referred to as the non-exudative form and the "wet" or exudative form. The wet form means that the condition has worsened to the point that new blood vessels have formed at the macula. These new blood vessels are very leaky, thus causing bleeding and scarring in the retina at the macula. There are some treatments available for this form of macular degeneration. These treatments are not a cure for Macular Degeneration, they aim to stabilize and maintain vision for as long as possible. In some people, treatment can improve vision.

If you have signs of early Macular Degeneration or have a family history of Macular Degeneration, it is advisable to reduce, ideally eliminate your inhalation of smoke fumes. It is also important to protect your eyes from excessive UV-radiation by wearing sunglasses. It is important to have a good diet and avoid processed foods. There is a lot of focus on research to find valid treatments for this form of Macular Degeneration, so hopefully we will have some available soon.

Please visit the Macular Degeneration website for more information > http://www.mdfoundation.com.au/