Macular degeneration is a chronic eye disease most often associated with aging. The macula is the tissue just inside the back of your eyeball — and if you have macular degeneration, it begins to slowly deteriorate thereby affecting your central vision.
While this disease doesn’t result in a complete loss of vision, your lifestyle may go through drastic changes. Such changes might include inability to drive a car because you have a blind spot in your vision which prevents you from seeing “the whole picture.”
Although aging is the main cause of macular degeneration, people who smoke, drink too much alcohol, are obese or have a family history of the disease are at higher risk for developing macular degeneration. Other risk factors include gender (women appear to be at greater risk than men) and high blood pressure. [Read more…]