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Macular degeneration
 
Standard Definition

Macular degeneration is a painless, degenerative eye disease commonly associated with aging. While complete blindness does not occur in most people with the disorder, macular degeneration often interferes with reading, driving, or performing other daily activities.

There are two forms of macular degeneration. Dry macular degeneration is the most common (affecting 90%) and causes gradual loss of central vision, initially only in one eye. Wet macular degeneration involves a very sudden loss of central vision.

 
 
Underlying Disruption in Function

Dry macular degeneration occurs from the breakdown of the light sensitive cells in the center of the retina, called the macula. Wet macular degeneration occurs when new blood vessels behind the retina grow toward the macula and leak blood and fluid.

It is known that the retina and macula concentrates certain antioxidant nutrients to protect it from damage. Oxidative, free radical damage has been linked to the development of macular degeneration and it is believed that antioxidants including the carotenoids betacarotene and lutein are protective.

 
 
Possible Causes, Triggers & Exacerbating Factors
  • Oxidative, free radical damage
  • Increasing age
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Family history
  • Cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol
  • Light eye color
  • Excessive sunlight exposure
 
 
Common Signs & Symptoms
  • Slightly blurred vision
  • Dry type - a blurred spot in the central field of vision
  • Wet type - straight lines that appear wavy and the rapid loss of central vision
 
 
Possible Additional Integrative Medicine Diagnostic Tests

(This is additional information that does not replace nor negate conventional diagnosis. Other tests may be useful depending on the individual circumstance.)

  • Biochemical assessments
  • Vitamin and Mineral assessment
  • Health and Lifestyle assessment
 
 
Links & Other Information

Contact YourHealth for referenced material regarding this condition, any of the diagnostic tests or therapies mentioned.

 

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