Macular degeneration is the deterioration of the central portion of the retina, the inside layer of the eye that records the images we see and sends them through the optic nerve from the eye to the brain for processing. The macula, or the center of the retina, is responsible for focusing central vision in the eye and controls our ability to see and process information.

Although macular degeneration can occur naturally through old age, living an unhealthy lifestyle increases your probability; smoking, being overweight, genetics, and exposure to blue light play a crucial role in the likelihood of being diagnosed with this disease.

To prevent macular degeneration from occurring, we recommend regular eye exams, wearing high quality polarized sunglasses and lenses with a blue filter, eating various types of fruits and vegetables rich in color, taking a daily dose of vitamins, and living a smoke-free lifestyle.

To detect whether or not you may be suffering from macular degeneration, we perform a variety of macular tests and will determine your prognosis during your appointment.

For more information on macular degeneration or to schedule an appointment, please don’t hesitate to call us today at (863) 675-0761.