With people in the United States living longer, eye diseases and vision loss have become major public health concerns. The number of Americans who are visually impaired—including those with low vision— is expected to reach more than 8 million by 2050. Macular degeneration is the most common cause of severe vision loss among people over 50.
There are three types or Macular Degeneration. "Dry" Form usually progresses slowly and causes central vision loss. "Wet" Form is rarer, and more severe. With Geographic Atrophy, the retinal support system breaks down, usually leading to vision loss.
Macular Degeneration is most common in people over 60, but can appear as early as age 40.
Low vision is a visual impairment that cannot be corrected by standard eyeglasses, contact lenses, medication, or surgery. Having low vision can make activities like reading, shopping, cooking, writing, and watching TV hard to do. In addition, the consequences of vision loss may leave people feeling anxious, helpless, and depressed.
Although there is no hard evidence as to how to prevent macular degeneration or low vision, regular eye exams at Lehmann Eye Center may help you detect many vision-threatening conditions even before you develop symptoms. The earlier the problems are detected, the better chance of preventing vision loss.