Macular degeneration is the primary cause of permanent vision loss in older adults over 60, but treatment can slow the disease and preserve your vision.
What is macular degeneration?
Macular degeneration is a disease that progressively damages your macula and affects your central vision. Your macula, located in the center of your retina, allows you to see objects in sharp, precise detail. Macular degeneration usually gets worse over time, and it’s the leading cause of permanent vision loss in people aged 60 and older. Macular degeneration can eventually cause you to lose most or all of your central vision. You may have only your side (peripheral) vision. Without your central vision, reading, watching television, driving, and many other everyday activities are impossible. Be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Shakir as soon as possible if you notice any troubling symptoms.