What is Macular Degeneration?
Macular Degeneration or MD, is a widespread eye disease that affects the centre of your vision and can cause vision loss. It is most common in older people, especially people over 50. As many as one in seven people over the age of 50 get this disease. There are two types of Macular Degeneration: dry and wet.
Dry Macular Degeneration
This type of MD is the most common. It occurs when the retina creates small yellow deposits called drusen which cause the thinning of the macular. The macular is the part of your eye that is responsible for clear vision in your direct line of sight. When the macular becomes thin this causes loss of vision but rarely leads to complete blindness.
Wet Macular Degeneration
Wet Macular Degeneration is less common but often more severe. It is more likely to result in severe vision loss. The wet type of Macular Degeneration is usually caused by abnormal blood vessels in the eye leaking fluid into the macular, resulting in blurred vision or a blind spot in the centre of your vision. Wet Macular Degeneration tends to develop more quickly than dry Macular Degeneration.
What are the Symptoms of Macular Degeneration?
Macular degeneration often affects both eyes which makes it harder for people to recognise symptoms. It is also a progressive disease meaning it gets worse over time.
The symptoms of Dry Macular Degeneration include:
- Depletion of central vision
- Seeing distorted or wavy lines in vision
- Retinal damage
- Trouble seeing in dim light
- Difficulty recognising faces
- Need for brighter lighting
- Blurry vision
Symptoms of Wet Macular Degeneration
Some symptoms of Wet Macular Degeneration are similar or the same as those of Dry Macular Degeneration. Symptoms such as visual distortions and reduced central vision often occur for both types. Here are some symptoms you may experience if you have Wet Macular Degeneration:
- Seeing a blurry spot in your vision
- A dark patch in the middle of your vision because of bleeding
- Hazy vision
- Rapidly worsening symptoms
If you notice symptoms of Macular Degeneration you should talk to a health professional and get a diagnosis. Acupuncture may be able to help with treating Macular Degeneration. It may prevent the worsening of symptoms caused by macular degeneration. Call 07 846 7956 to make an appointment with one of our practitioners at Centre of Balance. After a thorough initial exam the practitioner will present you with an individual treatment plan.
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