Macular degeneration is a deterioration or breakdown of the macula. The macula is a small area in the retina at the back of the eye. Macular degeneration can affect your ability to see near and far. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of severe vision loss in Caucasians over 65.
There are several common ways vision loss is detected:
- Words on a page look blurred
- A dark or empty area appears in the center of your vision
- Straight lines look distorted.
Your ophthalmologist can detect early stages of macular degeneration during a medical eye exam.
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